How Does Bronchiectasis Affect Patients?

In this video from St. Luke’s Hospital, Dr. Andrew LaBelle discusses how the chronic lung disease bronchiectasis affects patients.

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Dr. LaBelle explains that bronchiectasis is a condition that dilates the airways in the lungs, causing abnormal cells. When the airways in the lungs become widened, they produce excess mucus. This overproduction of mucus makes patients susceptible to dangerous lung infections like pneumonia.

Most cases of bronchiectasis are caused by genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, but there are other reasons why patients develop the disease including COPD, childhood diseases such as whooping cough, bacterial infections, and autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease.

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4 comments

  1. Allison mccabe says:

    My life as it was has ended rapidly over an exhausting 2 year period have just been diagnosed with bronchietasis and I would honestly have to say the depression and anxiety have been the most debilitating I’ve lost everyone and everything that was once my beautiful life 😞

  2. Michelle says:

    Once I learned how GERD and silent aspiration were a main part of pneumonia and shortness of breath, I changed my diet and decreased all my symptoms.

  3. Roberta King says:

    Just to let you know there is hope! I was diagnosed 14 years ago at Texas U Hospital inTyler with both bronchiectasis and NTM. Life is limited, but there is still much joy to be felt with “good days”. Hang in there.

  4. Christina. Jay says:

    I have had bronchiectasis for ten years I am in and out of hospital with frequent infections and become very tired is this a sympton others share Imdo try to keep upbeat but sometimes it is very hard.

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