The word “bronchiectasis” is a combination of “bronckos” meaning airway and “ektasis” meaning widening or dilation. The last part, the “ektasis”, is what makes it an irreversible disease as the tissue has lost its elasticity from inflammation and infection. Think of the stretched-out waistband of an old pair of pajama bottoms. No amount of laundering is going to shrink that band. The same is true of our lungs. We have a chronic condition that is not curable.
That’s why it is important that we get the best medical care available and do daily self-care. Do you know if the care you are receiving follows bronchiectasis guidelines? In the United States we do not currently have guidelines (although the buzz is that they are in the works!), however other countries and multinational organizations do. These guidelines provide critical diagnostic and treatment protocols.
Visit the "Bronchiectasis Information" page on this website. Check out the guidelines from the European Respiratory Society, the UK, Spain, and Australia and New Zealand.
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