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 502 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Evaluation of a novel information resource for patients with bronchiectasis: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
 

Author(s): Katy L M Hester, Julia Newton, Tim Rapley, Anthony De Soyza

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There is currently little patient information on bronchiectasis, a chronic lung disease with rising prevalence. Previous work shows that patients and their families want more information, which could potentially improve their understanding and self-management. Using interviews and ...

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2016

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Assessment of the quantity of microorganisms associated with bronchiectasis in saliva, sputum and nasal lavage after periodontal treatment: a study protocol of a randomised controlled trial.
 

Author(s): Erika Horácio Pinto, Priscila Larcher Longo, Caroline Cristina Batista de Camargo, Simone Dal Corso, Fernanda De Cordoba Lanza, Rafael Stelmach, Rodrigo Athanazio, Kristianne Porta Santos Fernandes, Marcia Pinto Alves Mayer, Sandra Kalil Bussadori, Raquel Agnelli Mesquita Ferrari, Anna Carolina Ratto Tempestini Horliana

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The association between periodontal disease (PD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been widely studied, with aspiration of periodontal pathogens being one of the most accepted causal mechanisms for pulmonary exacerbation. Periodontal treatment (PT) was associated ...

Last Updated: 16 Apr 2016

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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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The terms "Bronchiectasis" returned 39 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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Distribution of Major Pathogens from Sputum and Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid in Patients with Noncystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis: A Systematic Review.
 

Author(s): Xia-Yi Miao, Xiao-Bin Ji, Hai-Wen Lu, Jia-Wei Yang, Jin-Fu Xu

Journal: Chin. Med. J.. 2015 Oct;128(20):2792-7.

 

Noncystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis remains as a common health problem in Asia. Pathogens' distribution in airways of patients with non-CF bronchiectasis is important for doctors to make right decision.

Last Updated: 20 Oct 2015

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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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