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Bronchiectasis

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Contributors: Casey Silver MD, Mary Anne Morgan MD, Michael W. Winter MD
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Synopsis

Bronchiectasis is a disorder of the airways leading to airway dilatation and destruction, chronic sputum production, and a tendency toward recurrent infection. Causes range from cystic fibrosis to recurrent early childhood infections.

Patients typically present with productive cough, chest congestion, purulent sputum, and dyspnea. It can be difficult to distinguish from pneumonia in many circumstances. Management involves treating the underlying etiology and improving airway clearance to break the cycle of recurrent infections and progressive airway destruction.

When bronchiectasis is caused by an underlying chronic medical condition (eg, cystic fibrosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency), daily maintenance is critical to minimizing morbidity from bronchiectasis.

Codes

ICD10CM:
J47.9 – Bronchiectasis, uncomplicated

SNOMEDCT:
12295008 – Bronchiectasis

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Drug Reaction Data

Below is a list of drugs with literature evidence indicating an adverse association with this diagnosis. The list is continually updated through ongoing research and new medication approvals. Click on Citations to sort by number of citations or click on Medication to sort the medications alphabetically.

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Last Reviewed: 04/24/2019
Last Updated: 05/06/2019
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Bronchiectasis : Productive cough, Dyspnea, Wheezing, Crackles
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