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Explain the condition called bronchiectasis.?

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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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's the differance in bronchiectasis vs asthma COPD emphasima. What there similarities between the other disease's. I can't stop coughing at night?

What's the differance in bronchiectasis vs asthma COPD emphasima. What there similarities between the other disease's. I can't stop coughing at night?

Complicated: Bronchiectasis is due to chronic infection damaging the ends of bronchioles and creating a haven for chronic infection. Asthma is due to reactive airway disease making it difficult to get air out. COPD is a complex process and can involve emphysema and brochiectasis. See your doctor to figure out why you are coughing. Without more info cannot diagnose this. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed to have bronchiectasis disease. Symptoms short of breath, fatigue & dry cough. Is this related with cold & can be cured?

I was diagnosed to have bronchiectasis disease. Symptoms short of breath, fatigue & dry cough. Is this related with cold & can be cured?

Uncertain: as to your question. Your condition is not "cold realted" if you are referring to the environmental temperature. Surgical excision of the involved pulmonary segment is the only "cure",however medical treatment (antibiotics, respiratory therapy) is usually sufficient! Hope this helps Dr Z ...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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I want to know my options for treating bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: So many options: hydration and mucus clearance, chest physiotherapy, bronchodilators, anti inflammatory medications, antibiotics, pulmonary rehab.....Or a combination of all the above. You need a good pulmonologist to work with you. ...Read more

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What's a simple way to say what bronchiectasis really is?

Damaged airways: Bronchiectasis: structurally damaged airways unable to effectively move mucous. Air contains germs that are trapped but not killed by the inner mucous layer of the breathing tubes. Cilia on underlying cells beat like brooms sweeping mucous to the throat where it's swallowed. Stomach acid kills the germs. Without this mucociliary escalator germs multiply in the airway causing bronchitis & pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: 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 those with cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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