Bronchiectasis is a lung condition in which the airways of the
lungs get bigger and often get infected. It occurs mainly in people who have
diseases that affect different parts of the body, such as cystic fibrosis,
although it may occur after a severe infection, such as pneumonia.
Symptoms of bronchiectasis differ from person to person. A common
symptom is a cough that brings up mucus (sputum).
Bronchiectasis is generally treated with antibiotics, medicines
that relax the airways (bronchodilators), and medicines that make it easier
to cough up mucus (expectorants).
June 15, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology
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