NTMir Opens Website to Educate Patients About Bronchiectasis, NTM

NTMir Opens Website to Educate Patients About Bronchiectasis, NTM
The nonprofit NTM Info & Research (NTMir) has launched a companion website that provides extensive insight into bronchiectasis and related infections, empowering people with the condition to participate in their own treatment. The website — bronchiectasisinfo.org — is particularly intended for those concerned with concurrent bronchiectasis and nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease, two closely linked conditions. "There hasn't been enough emphasis on the connection between NTM lung disease and the underlying lung damage, bronchiectasis, but the two go hand-in-hand," Amy Leitman, director of policy and research at NTMir, said in a press release. "Understanding and managing both give patients the chance for improved quality of life and better outcomes," Leitman added. People with bronchiectasis experience progressive dilation of the airway structures (bronchi) that conduct air to the lungs, forming pouches or areas of tissue scarring that eventually trap mucus. These irreversible changes make it progressively more difficult for air to enter the lungs and for oxygen to reach vital organs. Bronchiectasis often arises as a consequence of another medical condition, such as bacterial infections in the lungs. Such infections can cause tissue scarring and damage to the hair-like structures in the airways, preventing them from efficien
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