Bronchiectasis

Common Name(s)

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a condition in which the tubes that carry air to the lungs slowly lose their ability to clear out mucus due to widening and scarring. As the mucus builds up, bacteria have the opportunity to grow. This bacterial growth leads to repeated, serious lung infections, causing damage to the airways. Over time, the airways can't move enough air in and out of the lungs, which may lead to the body’s vital organs not receiving enough oxygen.

Symptoms of this condition may include long-term (chronic) coughing, coughing up large amounts of mucus, wheezing, chest pain, shortness of breath, clubbing (where the skin beneath the nails becomes thicker), weight loss, and fatigue.

Bronchiectasis has two forms: congenital, which results from a problem with the lung development in a fetus, or acquired, which results from a viral or bacterial infection of the lungs. Lung (pulmonary) conditions including cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and COPD have also been known to cause bronchiectasis.

This condition is typically diagnosed when an affected individual expresses their symptoms to the doctor. Using a physical exam, a chest X-ray, and other pulmonary function exams, the doctor can make an official diagnosis. Although there is no cure at this time, there are many treatment options available. The use of antibiotics and mucus-thinning medications can be used to treat infections and help lessen the amount of mucus in the lungs. Bronchodilators, oxygen therapy, and physical therapy have been useful to increase airflow to the lungs. In more serious cases, there are also surgical options available.

Although bronchiectasis is manageable, leaving the condition untreated could result in further lung damage. If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of bronchiectasis, it is important to contact your doctor as soon as possible to discuss the most current treatment options.

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COPD Foundation

The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Last Updated: 25 Mar 2013

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COPD Foundation

The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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Last Updated: 25 Mar 2013

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General Resources

Bronchiectasis Research Registry

The Bronchiectasis Research Registry is a consolidated database of non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis patients and Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) patients from multiple clinical institutions.

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Updated 21 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Bronchiectasis" returned 499 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Left middle lobectomy for bronchiectasis in a patient with Kartagener syndrome: a case report.
 

Author(s): Haiping Lin, Ziang Cao, Xiaojing Zhao, Qing Ye

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Kartagener syndrome (KS) is a rare disorder characterized by the triad of chronic sinusitis, bronchiectasis, and situs inversus.

Last Updated: 10 Mar 2016

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Tolerability and Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Inhaled Dry Powder Tobramycin Free Base in Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis Patients.
 

Author(s): Marcel Hoppentocht, Onno W Akkerman, Paul Hagedoorn, Jan-Willem C Alffenaar, Tjip S van der Werf, Huib A M Kerstjens, Henderik W Frijlink, Anne H de Boer

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Bronchiectasis is a condition characterised by dilated and thick-walled bronchi. The presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in bronchiectasis is associated with a higher hospitalisation frequency and a reduced quality of life, requiring frequent and adequate treatment with antibiotics.

Last Updated: 10 Mar 2016

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Children with recurrent pneumonia and non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis.
 

Author(s): Maria Francesca Patria, Benedetta Longhi, Mara Lelii, Claudia Tagliabue, Marinella Lavelli, Carlotta Galeone, Nicola Principi, Susanna Esposito

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Recurrent pneumonia (RP) is one of the most frequent causes of pediatric non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis (BE) and a consequent accelerated decline in lung function. The aim of this study was to analyse the clinical records of children with RP in attempt to identify factors ...

Last Updated: 10 Feb 2016

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The terms "Bronchiectasis" returned 38 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Bronchiectasis as a Comorbidity of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Qingxia Du, Jianmin Jin, Xiaofang Liu, Yongchang Sun

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Bronchiectasis revealed by chest computed tomography in COPD patients and its comorbid effect on prognosis have not been addressed by large-sized studies. Understanding the presence of bronchiectasis in COPD is important for future intervention and preventing disease progression.

Last Updated: 16 Mar 2016

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Efficiency and safety of surgical intervention to patients with Non-Cystic Fibrosis bronchiectasis: a meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Li-Chao Fan, Shuo Liang, Hai-Wen Lu, Ke Fei, Jin-Fu Xu

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No quantitative systematic review was found to report the efficiency and safety of surgical resection in the management of non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis. We therefore conducted a meta-analysis to assess the effects of operative intervention to patients with non-CF bronchiectasis. ...

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2015

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Clinical characteristics of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with comorbid bronchiectasis: a systemic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Yingmeng Ni, Guochao Shi, Youchao Yu, Jimin Hao, Tiantian Chen, Huihui Song

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In the 2014 Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines, bronchiectasis was for the first time defined as a comorbidity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and this change has been retained in the 2015 update, which emphasizes the influence of bronchiectasis ...

Last Updated: 7 Aug 2015

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Role of Innate Immunity in Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Bronchiectasis

 

Last Updated: 7 Sep 2016

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Last Updated: 15 Aug 2016

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Bacteriology and Inflammation in Bronchiectasis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Bronchiectasis

 

Last Updated: 8 Aug 2016

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