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Dr. Michael Sanders
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Bronchiectasis (Definition)

Widening and inflammation of the airways that someone can be born with or acquired over time secondary to infection, inflammation, underlying autoimmunity, immune deficiency or ...Read more


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What is the best management for bronchiectasis?

What is the best  management for bronchiectasis?

Depends: There are several different causes of bronchiectasis and they would lead to different treatments. It would be best to identify the cause first and then specific treatment recommendations could be made. ...Read more

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Why is bronchiectasis caused by smoking?

Why is bronchiectasis caused by smoking?

Bronchiectasis.: Smoking mainly causes emphysema, which is damage to the alveoli and smaller airways in the lungs. Bronchiectasis is damage to the larger airways, which is usually due to a medical condition or lung infection, even in childhood. Smoking with bronchiectasis, obviously, would be particularly bad. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called bronchiectasis.?

Bronchiectasis: Bronchiectasis is a disease of the lungs defined as an irreversible dilation and widening of the large airways. Symptoms are numerous, and include chronic cough, bloody sputum, fatigue, shortness of breath and weight loss. Diagnosis and treatment are best handled by a lung doctor (pulmonologist). ...Read more

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How does "atelectasis" and "bronchiectasis" differ?

How does "atelectasis" and "bronchiectasis" differ?

Different: Bronchiectasis is a dilated bronchus or airway. Atelectasis is an area of the lung that has decreased in volume because it doesn't have the usual amount of air in it. ...Read more

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What is the best conservative management for bronchiectasis?

What is the best conservative management for bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: Treatment may consist of antibiotics, inhalers or nebuliser, cough meds, expectorants, chest physiotherapy, oxygen. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atelectasis please? Existing with bronchiectasis

What are the symptoms of atelectasis please? Existing with bronchiectasis

Atelectasis: Usually has no significant symptoms other than the occasional cough whereas bronchiectasis can have significant coughing fever, pleuritic chest pain, thick mucous, bloody sputum, and bronchoconstriction and wheezing. ...Read more

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Bronchiectasis pt. oxygen keep dropping without sup.O2 . what does this mean? Any solution?

Bronchiectasis pt. oxygen keep dropping without sup.O2 . what does this mean? Any solution?

Call pulmonologist: There are many conditions associated with bronchiectasis and thus the solution would depend on the cause. Having said that, the dropping pO2 points to a deteriorating lung function . It is best to contact your doctor to find a solution (controlling infection and improving sputum clearance would be the first step) ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for people having bronchiectasis these days? [diagnosed at age 35]

What is the average life expectancy for people having bronchiectasis these days? [diagnosed at age 35]

Unknown: There have not really been longitudinal studies looking at the natural history of bronchiectasis overtime in patients without cystic fibrosis. A lot of the prognosis depend on the severity of your lung function and your level of lung function. I think it is very difficult to give the patient with bronchiectasis a definitive lifespan estimate. ...Read more

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Is bronchiectasis like copd?

Different cause: Some symptoms like shortness of breath and sputum production are the same, but the disease is different. A history of pertussis or other serious deep lung infection is frequently the cause of bronchiectasis where the bronchial tubes are chronically infected and inflamed with breakdown of the wall of the bronchial tube. The diameter of the bronchi is enlarged and abnormal. ...Read more

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What causes bronchiectasis?

Smoking irritates: Smoking irritates the bronchi. It causes inflammation and can damage the bronchi and bronchioles ability to naturally clear out pathogens leading to bronchitis or pneumonia. Smoking causes lung injury resulting in emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and lung cancer among many other risks. Please don't smoke. ...Read more

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How can I treat bronchiectasis?

How can I treat bronchiectasis?

Pulmonary toilet: Do things to promote clearance of phlegm from your lungs. Quit smoking. Get everyone who lives with you to quit. Smoking outside not acceptable. Live in a place with clean air - at least 1 mile from highways & streets with trucks & buses. Exercise. Maintain normal weight. Control diabetes. Laugh. Take all meds prescribed by your doctor. Get flu & Pneumovax vaccines. Gamma globulin may help. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for bronchiectasis?

Immune evaluation: Bronchiectasis can be indicative of an immunodeficiency. In addition to a pulomary specialist you should also seriously consider an immune evaluation. ...Read more

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Will my children inherit my bronchiectasis problem?

Will my children inherit my bronchiectasis problem?

They may: It depends on cause of ur bronchiectasis. Some of the causes r genetic, cystic fibrosis, cilia motility problem, primary immune deficiencies, etc. If u have those, ur kids may have higher chance of developing bronchiectasis if they develop those dis. If u developed bronchiectasis because of recurrent lung infections without immune deficiency, or a rare condition, abpa, it is usually not genetic. ...Read more

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