Everything You Need to Know About Bronchiectasis

This video from Dr. Warraich’s Health Channel covers various aspects of the chronic lung disease bronchiectasis. The host of the video, Dr. Warraich, explains that bronchiectasis comes from the Greek words for branches of the lungs (bronchia) and dilation (ectasis).

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The widening of the bronchi in the lungs can cause symptoms like a persistent cough and excessive mucus, and can leave patients very susceptible to lung infections.

It’s estimated that one in 1,000 people will have bronchiectasis. The condition can develop at any age, although it typically affects people in middle age.

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3 comments

  1. carol paul says:

    I am suffering as I type this. I need help. The feeling of not being able to breathe always hits me at nighttime. I dread the night when it gets dark. Please help. Cannot get anti anxiety meds from my pulmonologist.I am right now hating him. What do I need him for?

    • John R. says:

      Your primary care dr should prescribe anti anxiety medication for you. I use Ativan. I have copd and bronchoestasis. 68 years old. They tell me I can live a normal life with this but I hardly see how. When you can’t breathe there is little you can do but sit there.talk to your dr. Tell him how you feel..tell him of your anxieties.

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