How Bronchiectasis Begins


Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung condition where scarring of the lung tissue makes breathing difficult and leaves patients susceptible to lung infections—but how does bronchiectasis begin?

MORE: Find out more about bronchiectasis.

Basically, there are two ways in which a person can develop bronchiectasis. The first is congenital, which is due to the lungs developing abnormally while still in the womb. This type of bronchiectasis is quite rare.

The more common type is known as “acquired bronchiectasis” and develops due to damage to the wall in the airways of the lungs which could be caused by either a childhood infection such as measles or whooping cough, or a lung infection such as pneumonia later in life. Connective tissue disease such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can lead to scarring of the lungs and bronchiectasis. In addition, the presence of another lung disease such as COPD or cystic fibrosis. (source

MORE: Patients with COPD and chronic sinusitis have a higher prevalence of bronchiectasis. 

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  1. carol lehrman says:

    My Bronchiectasis is not very bad at this point. What can I do to prevent it from getting worse? Or will it just get worse over time. I am recovering from a horrible hiatal hernia repair in an attempt to keep acid from possible spilling into my lungs and causing more damage.

    • Frank Borghoff says:

      I too have bronchiectasis and hiatal hernia.I have had the brochiectasis since childhood.I am now 70 yrs old and have found that raising the head of the bed by 2 to 3 inches alleviates the problem of inhaling gastric vapours while sleeping.
      I have also used colloidal silver in a nebulizer for almost 15 years if I have signs of severe lung infection. Currently I inhale 4ml of 7% saline solution on a daily basis.
      I still have to use Cipro a few times a year as well.

      • NORMA says:

        Try using the AEROBIC device 2 or 3 times a day. It has given me a lot of relief. It’s manageable during summer but I dread the winter months as I get pneumonia often

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