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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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My mother has developed bronchiectasis. Can you tell me what that is?

My mother has developed bronchiectasis. Can you tell me what that is?

Distorted airways: Bronchiectasis occurs when a portion of the large airways becomes damaged, usually due to infection and scarring, and loses its elasticity. The floppy airway collapses easily which leads to trapping and pooling of pulmonary secretions and a cough that produces copious amounts of phlegm. ...Read more

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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 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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Pls can u advice me of the possible treatments available for basal cystic bronchiectasis?

Pls can u advice me of the possible treatments available for basal cystic bronchiectasis?

Thoughts: Stop smoking. Regular x-ray followup. Flu shots. Antibiotics when respiratory illness starts up? Can be helpful. Postural drainage to reduce collection in the cystic areas of destroyed lung. Need some knowledge of which lobes and best positions to get into to drain any collections. Pulmonologist will help. ...Read more

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How long one can take Deltacotril 5mg in bronchiectasis and does it play role in minimizing infections.

Deltacortril: This is prednisolone, should be taken under doctor's supervision, the lowest effective dose and for the shortest duration as needed. It doesn't minimize infection, rather minimizes inflammation, it isn't the main treatment for bronchiectasis, your doctor has a logic in prescribing it though, talk to your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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What can I do if I have bronchiectasis and am suffering from everyday mucus brownish in color and am tired of antibiotics?

What can I do if I have bronchiectasis and am suffering from everyday mucus brownish in color and am tired of antibiotics?

A hard row to hoe: In bronchiectasis bronchi lose underlying structural support compromising mucous clearance from the lung resulting recurrent bronchitis, pneumonia & progressive loss of lung function. Treatment includes postural drainage, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, mucous thinners & antibiotics. Explore causes: smoking, immunodeficiency, cystic fibrosis, å1 antitrypsin deficiency. Some get lung transplants. ...Read more

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How are asthma & bronchiectasis similar & different? Can one be misdiagnosed as the other? How do you know that patient has one and not the other?

How are asthma & bronchiectasis similar & different? Can one be misdiagnosed as the other? How do you know that patient has one and not the other?

Different: Asthma is manifested by airway inflammation leading to bronchial narrowing and spasm. It may produce sputum if the inflammation is not controlled. Bronchiectasis is from loss of lung tissue beyond a small bronchial tube leading to a blind pouch at the end and collection of mucus. With nothing to expel the mucus, it often gets infected. (ba by lung function, bronchiectasis by hrct or bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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I ve bronchiectasis +chemical sensitivity, please advice me which products/brands of cleaning liquids r safe to use for cleaning toilet? I am in london

I ve bronchiectasis +chemical sensitivity, please advice me which products/brands of cleaning liquids r safe to use for cleaning toilet? I am in london

Most if not all of: These cleaning products release fumes that are harmful to the airways, causing irritation and inflammation and spasm. You can read the product labels for warnings. I'd gauge the strength of the product based on your subjective sense of smell- the stronger the scent is, the more caustic or dangerous it is. Wear a respiratory mask for added protection, . ...Read more

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What are the side effects of keyhole surgery if 3 holes r needed, will it cause any permanent internal scarring, or damage, or make bronchiectasis worse?

What are the side effects of keyhole surgery if 3 holes r needed, will it cause any permanent internal scarring, or damage, or make bronchiectasis worse?

Depends: For what condition and what is done? Remove air or bleb-straightforward usually. Remove fluid is easy and not much trauma. Remove lung segments, harder and more scarring. ...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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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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