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Doctor insights on: Congenital Bronchiectasis

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Dr. Gwen Huitt
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Bronchiectasis (Definition)

Bronchiectasis is widening and inflammation of the airways that someone can be born with (congenital bronchiectasis) or acquired over time secondary to infection, inflammation, underlying autoimmunity, immune deficiency or inhaling a foreign object. Approximately 1/3 of cases of bronchiectasis occurs in ...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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Is bronchiectasis the same as cf ?

Is bronchiectasis the same as cf ?

No: Bronchiectasis= bronchi (airways);ectasis (dilated or stretched out). Bronchiectasis is a physical finding that can occur in many lung infections/conditions.Cystic fibrosis is medical condition with many features.It is inherited as a recessive genetic disease. There are abnormalities in the production of lung mucous that can lead to bronchiectasis over time. ...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