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Permanent damage to or inflammation in the bronchial tubes can lead to a condition known as Bronchiectasis. It can be caused if you have mistakenly swallowed some foreign particles, or breathed in harmful stomach acids. It can lead to excessive coughing with blood, shortness of breath and even chest pain.
HOW IS BRONCHIECTASIS DIAGNOSED?
A specialist from the Pulmonology department can take a look at the symptoms with a physical examination before conducting tests like the sputum test, a chest X ray, a CT scan, other pulmonary function tests and a purified protein derivative skin test to diagnose the issue.
HOW IS BRONCHIECTASIS TREATED?
Bronchiectasis is usually treated with antibiotics against the infection, 'bronchodilators' which help in relaxing the airways making it easier to breathe and 'expectorants' which help in coughing out mucus. The physician will also advise on 'airway clearance techniques' which will help in getting rid of mucus, obstructing the airways. These techniques mainly include postural drainage (moving the body to various positions which will help to drain mucus out from lungs) and chest percussion (clapping over the chest with a cupped hand to vibrate air in lungs). Some physicians may also prescribe airway clearing devices such as flutter device, to drain mucus out. Oxygen therapy is indicated in severe cases of Bronchiectasis.
DID YOU KNOW?
A high frequency, chest wall oscillation test can help get rid of mucus.