What is Bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis is a condition where the bronchial tubes of your lungs are permanently damaged, widened, and thickened. These damaged air passages allow bacteria and mucus to build up and pool in your lungs. This results in frequent infections and blockages of the airways.*

There’s no cure for bronchiectasis in general, but treatment is important to help you manage the condition. The main goal of treatment is to keep infections and bronchial secretions under control.

Bronchiectasis Related Conditions:

Respiratory Infection

 

Lungs are damaged by bacteria, viruses, fungi, allergens, and other irritants.

Lung Damage

 

Airways slowly become ineffective at clearing mucus and breathing normally.

Inflammation

 

Patients' body responds to infected airways by inflammation and additional mucus creation.

Chronic Daily Cough

 

Excess mucus production can cause the airways to become larger than normal.

Bronchiectasis

Managing

Common methods of treating bronchiectasis include:

  • clearing the airways with breathing exercises and chest physiotherapy

  • undergoing pulmonary rehabilitation

  • taking antibiotics to prevent and treat infection

  • taking medications to thin mucus

  • undergoing oxygen therapy

  • getting vaccinations to prevent respiratory infections

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'' Bronchiectasis patients averaged $5,681 higher medical care expenditures than for a cohort without bronchiectasis.* ''

References

  1. Healthline Media. “Bronchiectasis”. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/bronchiectasis

  2. Ford ES, Murphy LB, Khavjou O, Holt JB, Croft JB., Total and State-Specific Medical and Absenteeism Costs of COPD Among Adults Aged 18 Years in the United States for 2010 and Projections Through 2020; CHEST American College of Chest Physicians; CDC; 2014

  3. Weycker D, et al., Prevalence and Economic Burden of Bronchiectasis. CLIN PULM MED 2005;12:205.