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Bronchiectasis: When A Cough Becomes Chronic and Productive

November 4, 2012

When a cough becomes chronic and productive, when lower respiratory infections become frequent, the culprit may be a disease known as bronchiectasis. In some cases, bronchiectasis is congenital. But it most commonly arises as a complication of other diseases or from environmental exposures. Pulmonology specialist Dr. William Girard answers questions about bronchiectasis in this post to HealthConnection.

Questions:

  1. What is bronchiectasis and what causes it?
  2. How is bronchiectasis different from other lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis or pulmonary fibrosis?
  3. Is bronchiectasis progressive like other lung diseases such as COPD?
  4. Why are women more prone to bronchiectasis than men?
  5. What are the symptoms of bronchiectasis?
  6. How is bronchiectasis diagnosed?
  7. How is bronchiectasis treated?
  8. Can bronchiectasis be prevented?
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