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Bronchiectasis is irreversible widening of the large airways. It is often caused by recurrent infections and inflammation, most often beginning in childhood.

Symptoms may Include:

  • Chronic cough with large amounts of foul-smelling sputum production
  • Coughing up blood
  • Cough worsened by lying on one side
  • Shortness of breath worsened by exercise
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Clubbing of fingers may be present (abnormal amount of tissue in the fingernail beds)
  • Wheezing
  • Breath Odour
  • Treatment is aimed at controlling infections and bronchial secretions. Regular, daily drainage to remove bronchial secretions is a routine part of treatment. A respiratory therapist can teach postural drainage and effective coughing exercises to patients and their families.