Bronchiectasis

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Bronchiectasis

  • Bronchiectasis may be present even if the X-ray is normal – most patients suspected of having bronchiectasis will need a high resolution CT to confirm the diagnosis
  • Severe bronchiectasis causes coarsening of the lung markings – very extensive in this case

Bronchiectasis - Cystic fibrosis

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Bronchiectasis - Cystic fibrosis

  • Patients with cystic fibrosis typically develop bronchiectasis
  • Chest X-rays are not required to make the diagnosis, but are helpful to monitor progression of the disease and to look for complications such as pneumonia
  • The ‘portacath’ device is used for long-term delivery of intravenous drugs