Bronchiectasis is common in those who have cystic fibrosis and those who are long term smokers. It can also be caused by immune system problems, inflammatory bowel disease, HIV, or other lung diseases like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Exposure to smoking, polluted air, and chemicals may increase risk of getting bronchiectasis.
Bronchiectasis is diagnosed with a range of tests including chest x-ray or CT scans, tests of lung function, and the collection of mucus to check for growth of bacteria. Treatment focuses on improving lung function and managing infections, usually through the use of antibiotics to kill bacteria. This condition is chronic and can be life long; needing to be managed over many years.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with bronchiectasis, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also a good source of information.
Description Last Updated: Aug 29, 2018