Friday, 28 September 2012

WOTD: Bronchiectasis

A chest x-ray of a patient suffering cystic fibrosis with bronchiectasis. Photograh: learningradiology.com

"Bronchiectasis" - A lung disorder in which one or more bronchi (the air passages leading from the trachea) are abnormally widened, distorted, and have damaged linings. Bronchiectasis most often develops during childhood and was once commonly associated with infections such as measles and pertussis (whooping cough). The condition is also a complication of cystic fibrosis. It results in pockets of long-term infection which the airways and the continuous production of large volumes of green or yellow sputum (phlegm), Extensive bronchiectasis causes shortness of breath. The symptoms are usually controlled with antibiotic drugs and postural drainage. If the condition is confined to one area of the lung, surgical removal of the damaged area may be recommended. 

"bronchiectasis". British Medical Association (2007). Illustrated Medical Dictionary. 2nd ed. London: Dorling Kindersley (DK). p98.

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