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How is bronchiectasis diagnosed?

Doctors may suspect bronchiectasis because of a person's symptoms or the presence of a condition thought to cause bronchiectasis. Chest x ray may reveal evidence of bronchiectasis, and CT scans are particularly good at revealing the thick, dilated bronchial walls of bronchiectasis. Sputum will need to be collected and cultured (grown in a laboratory dish), in order to examine it microscopically for the specific type of organism responsible for infection. A careful search for other underlying diseases is important, looking in particular for ciliary abnormalities, cystic fibrosis, or immunoglobulin deficiencies.

 

More information on bronchiectasis

What is bronchiectasis? - Bronchiectasis is an abnormal stretching and enlarging of the respiratory passages caused by mucus blockage.
What causes bronchiectasis? - Bronchiectasis is caused by recurrent inflammation or infection of the airways. The most common cause is severe respiratory infections.
What're the symptoms of bronchiectasis? - The most common symptoms of bronchiectasis are cough with sputum production. Dry bronchiectasis patient frequently cough up blood.
How is bronchiectasis diagnosed? - The diagnosis of bronchiectasis can be suspected by the physician if he hears abnormal crackling sounds when listening to the lungs.
What's the treatment for bronchiectasis? - Treatment of bronchiectasis is directed against infections, secretions, airway obstruction, and complications.
How to prevent bronchiectasis? - The risk of bronchiectasis may be reduced if lung infections are promptly treated. Prompt removal of an inhaled foreign body can prevent bronchiectasis.
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