A Dickensian lung disease is on the rise among British pensioners, experts have warned. Bronchiectasis occurs when the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus. People can become more vulnerable to infection and symptoms include a persistent cough that usually brings up phlegm, and breathlessness. The disease is
At the age of 29 I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis. I had never heard of it, I certainly couldn’t spell it and I was having difficulty trying to pronounce it. Prior to being diagnosed I used to joke about never really having any sorts of illness, but since being diagnosed I have good months and
Bronchiectasis Awareness poster If you could help us raise awareness of Bronchiectasis by downloading the Bronchiectasis Awareness poster and posting in surgeries and clinics. We can get the message out to look for the symptoms of Bronchiectasis. Many of our community are failing to be diagnosed and misdiagnosed with another respiratory condition.
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*Summary The management of bronchiectasis is finally advancing and patients have new options in terms of diagnostics, antibiotic therapy and physiotherapy. The principles of management have not changed, but with some simple interventions patients can experience improved quality of life and health outcomes. Many treatments developed for cystic fibrosis are now being applied to the