What is Bronchiectasis?
Bronchiectasis is a pulmonary condition in which damage to the airways causes them to widen and become scarred. The lung disease causes your airways to slowly lose their ability to clear out mucus. As a result, the mucus continues to build up creating a mucus blockage, which allows bacteria to continually grow. This often results in repeated lung infections. The blockage and accompanying infections cause inflammation, which lead to weakened air passages and difficulty breathing. Over time, the airways will lose their ability to move air in and out. This can prevent a sufficient amount of oxygen from reaching vital life-sustaining organs.
Bronchiectasis is a disease that doesn’t discriminate. Both women and men can develop bronchiectasis, but women have a higher risk of development. Overall, two-thirds of individuals with bronchiectasis are women.
Non-congenital bronchiectasis typically affects adults and older children. It is significantly more common than the congenital type, which only affects children.
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