Bronchiectasis

Published: 07th January 2011
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What is Bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis is a disease condition defined by restricted, irreversible dilation of portion of the bronchial tree. It is classified as an obstructive lung disease, along with emphysema, bronchitis and cystic fibrosis. Involved bronchi are dilated, reddened, and easily collapsible, resulting in airflow hindrance and impaired clearance of secretions. Bronchiectasis is related with a wide range of disorders, but it generally results from necrotizing bacterial infections.

Symptoms

People with bronchiectasis generate repeated green/yellow sputum (what is distinctive is that patients with bronchiectasis can fill 240ml (8 oz) glasses with their daily sputum production). There may be bad breath and, when connectedwith cystic fibrosis, diarrhea (because patients with bronchiectasis often develop chronic pancreatitis).

Causes

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Various allergic responses to inhaled fungus spores
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Respiratory infections
  • Airways Obstructions
  • Inhalation and aspiration of ammonia and other toxic gases
  • Pulmonary Aspiration
  • Alcoholism, heroin (drug use)
  • A range of allergies
  • Kartagener Syndrome
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Young's Syndrome
  • Sinopulmonary infections
  • Alph 1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Primary immunodeficiencies
  • Williams-Campbell Syndrome


Western Medicine Treatment

  • Controlling infections and bronchial secretions
  • Relieving airway obstructions
  • Amputation of affected portions of the lung
  • Antibiotics
  • Eliminating accumulated fluids with post-surgical drainage
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Inhaled steroid therapy
  • Beclometasone Dipropionate
  • Inhalers
  • Long-acting bronchodilators


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