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What're the symptoms of bronchiectasis?

The most common symptoms of bronchiectasis are cough with sputum production. Although cough without sputum can

occur in some patients with bronchiectasis, most patients produce large quantities (up to a quarter cup or more of sputum per day). Patients often get repeated infections and will be diagnosed with frequent bronchitis and/or frequent pneumonias. The diagnosis can sometimes be suspected by the physician if he/she hears abnormal crackling sounds when listening to the lungs. Some patients have dyspnea (shortness of breath), which increases without treatment, though it may not necessarily be a result of bronchiectasis, but could be related to another condition, such as emphysema or bronchitis. Dry bronchiectasis patients also frequently cough up blood. The chronic infection in bronchiectasis may cause damage to the lungs and impair the function of the lungs. As a result the person may feel short of breath or have reduced ability to exercise. Bronchiectasis can develop at any age; often, the process begins in early childhood. However, symptoms may not appear until much later.
 

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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