Friday, 27 August 2010

Bronchiectasis

Classed as an obstructive lung disease in which there's localised irrevisble dilation of the bronchial tree.

Involved bronchi DIE! ... By which I mean the bronchi are:

DILATED
INFLAMMED
EASILY COLLAPSIBLE

This results in:

  • Airway obstruction
  • Impaired clearance of secretions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMKaJEgmTT4

Causes:
Necrotizing (flesh eating) bacterial infection

S&S:
Look for frequent GREEN/YELLOW SPUTUM
Smell for bad breath
Productive cough

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