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Bronchiectasis

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Introduction
Bronchiectasis is a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus.
Symptoms of bronchiectasis
The most common symptom of bronchiectasis is a persistent cough, which affects around 9 out of 10 people with bronchiectasis.
Causes of bronchiectasis
In around half of all cases of bronchiectasis there is no obvious cause can be found to explain what triggered the symptoms
Diagnosing bronchiectasis
You should see your GP for advice if you develop a persistent cough so they can look for a possible cause.
Treating bronchiectasis
The damage to the lungs associated with bronchiectasis is permanent, but treatment can help prevent the condition getting worse.
Complications of bronchiectasis
In some cases, people with bronchiectasis can develop serious complications that require emergency treatment.
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