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