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Apr 16, 2024
Bronchiectasis Complications

Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung condition often overshadowed by more well-known respiratory diseases like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Yet, if not correctly diagnosed and treated, bronchiectasis can result in a cascade of serious complications that can significantly affect your patient’s quality of life. What’s at Risk? When the bronchial tubes in the […]

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Feb 20, 2024
Bronchiectasis vs. COPD: How Are They Different?

Learn more about the differences between bronchiectasis and COPD. For many people living with impaired breathing, bronchiectasis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) may seem like similar terms. These diseases do have significant differences that help determine which treatment will be most effective.

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Feb 06, 2024
HRCT: The Gold Standard in Bronchiectasis Diagnosis

High-resolution computerized technology (HRCT) allows clinicians to get an accurate bronchiectasis diagnosis among patients experiencing common symptoms of this condition. Bronchiectasis (brong-kee-EK-tuh-sis) is an irreversible chronic lung condition caused by abnormal widening of the lung’s airways. Although no cure for bronchiectasis exists, patients can manage their symptoms and avoid triggering flare-ups that may require hospitalizations. […]

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Jan 23, 2024
What Is NTM Lung Disease?

Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (or NTM) are organisms that naturally occur in water, soil, and dust.¹ When you inhale these NTM organisms, the bacteria travel to your lungs, which may cause a respiratory infection to develop. Though NTM lung disease can affect anyone, you may be at higher risk if you have a pre-existing lung condition, such […]

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Jan 09, 2024
How Serious Is Bronchiectasis?

Chronic cough, shortness of breath, mucus buildup, and recurring respiratory infection are all common bronchiectasis symptoms. Although there is currently no cure for this chronic lung condition, there are ways to help manage your individual symptoms so you can breathe easier. In this guide, you’ll find answers to common questions about bronchiectasis to help you […]

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Nov 28, 2023
Bronchiectasis vs. Bronchitis: How to Tell the Difference

Do you often experience coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pain? These symptoms could indicate a chronic respiratory condition, such as bronchiectasis or chronic bronchitis. While these two conditions share some similarities, their differences can impact your treatment for symptom management. In this article, we’ll explore the similarities and differences between bronchiectasis and bronchitis, helping […]

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Nov 14, 2023
Types of Bronchiectasis: What You Need to Know

If you or someone you love is living with bronchiectasis, you may be aware that the causes and symptoms of this chronic condition differ among individuals. While there are commonalities, such as shortness of breath, chronic cough, and respiratory infections, bronchiectasis affects patients differently. The reason? Bronchiectasis develops from other lung diseases that are either […]

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Oct 12, 2023
Should You See a Pulmonary Doctor?

Do you have a persistent cough? Are you often short of breath or feel tightness in your chest? These symptoms are more than a nuisance; they may be an early sign of a serious lung condition.  If you’re experiencing a decreased quality of life due to frequent lung issues, consulting a pulmonary doctor is a […]

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Apr 18, 2023
5 Steps for Evaluating a Bronchiectasis Treatment Plan

You want the best care possible for your patients, but providing a better quality of care is more than prescribing medication. It’s about ensuring the treatment is effective and appropriate in achieving a successful patient outcome and quality of life. Suppose your patients are struggling to manage bronchiectasis-related symptoms. In that case, it may be […]

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Man in bathrobe experiencing bronchiectasis flare up.
Feb 01, 2023
Bronchiectasis Flare Up: What To Expect

  Flare-ups (also known as exacerbations) occur when symptoms of a chronic disease suddenly worsen. Bronchiectasis, for example, is a lung condition that triggers inflammation and infection in the airways due to mucus buildup.   With each onset of infection, the airways become abnormally widened, making breathing more difficult. Simultaneously, your lungs lose the ability […]

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