What is bronchiectasis?
Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung condition characterized by abnormal widening (dilation) of the large airways (bronchial tubes). This damages the bronchial tubes and impairs their ability to clear mucus from the lungs.
Bronchiectasis may affect multiple areas of one or both lungs. Causes of bronchiectasis include inflammation and infection of the airways, such as due to:
Signs and symptoms include:
A doctor can confirm a diagnosis of bronchiectasis by a computerized tomography (CT) scan of the chest. Treatment depends on the extent and severity of the condition and may include:
Last Updated: 03/15/2006
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