Specialist expertise: Respiratory Infections, Bronchiectasis, Respiratory Medicine, Asthma, Breathlessness, COPD, Acute and chronic cough, Lung Cancer Screening, Lung Nodules, Tuberculosis, EBUS, Bronchoscopy.
Bronchiectasis is a chronic condition where the bronchial airways are widened and inflamed with thick mucus. In this situation airways may not clear properly. This may cause mucus to build up and as a result the airways can become infected by bacteria.
If the number of bacteria multiply, you may develop a chest infection or a flare-up of your symptoms. It is important to recognise and treat chest infections as if untreated it may cause more permanent damage and worsening bronchiectasis.
Bronchiectasis can be secondary to severe lung infections such as pneumonia, whooping cough, measles or tuberculosis. Conditions that can be associated with bronchiectasis are inflammatory bowel disease, immune system deficiencies, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s, primary ciliary dyskinesia, COPD and asthma. However about half of all cases of bronchiectasis have no cause found (idiopathic).