Respiratory Institute

Bronchiectasis Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Bronchiectasis

Diagnosis begins with an exam and assessment of the patient’s symptoms.

The pulmonologist may order the following tests. The results of these tests help them diagnose bronchiectasis, as well as evaluate the severity of the disorder:

  • CT scan: A scan showing detailed pictures of the lungs and the inside of the chest.
  • Blood tests: A blood sample will be taken and analyzed at our lab.
  • Sputum microbiology: An analysis of mucus the patient has coughed up.
  • Pulmonary function tests: A range of tests used to measure how well the patient is able to breathe in and out, and how efficiently the lungs provide oxygen to the blood.

Treatment of Bronchiectasis

Damage caused to the lungs by bronchiectasis is permanent, so treatment aims to relieve the symptoms, and stop the damage from getting worse. The main treatments include:

  • Respiratory physiotherapy: The use of special devices can help clear mucus from the lungs, making it easier to breather.
  • Medication: Helps improve airflow within the lungs.
  • Antibiotics: Treat any lung infections that may develop.

In rare cases where the damage is limited to a small part of one lung, and the usual treatments have failed to improve the symptoms, surgery may be an option.

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Meet Our Team

Diagnosis and treatment of bronchiectasis involves a multidisciplinary team working in an integrated, Patients First approach. Specialized caregivers include:

  • Pulmonologist
  • Thoracic radiologist
  • Clinical microbiology physician
  • Thoracic surgeon
  • Specialized nursing staff
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Dieticians.
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