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Bronchiectasis

If you experience a lung condition such as bronchiectasis, our respiratory experts are able to diagnose and treat you

About

Bronchiectasis is a long term lung condition with different severity levels. The airways of your lungs widen, making them vulnerable to infection due to a build up of mucus. You may experience a persistent cough or breathlessness as a result. Our respiratory experts can diagnose and treat you.

Need to know

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    Symptoms of bronchiectasis include: - Persistent cough that brings up phlegm - Shortness of breath/brethlessness - Coughing up blood or blood-stained phlegm - Chest pain and/or joint pain - The tissue around your fingertips and finger nails becomes thicker
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    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. They will likely listen to your chest with a stethoscope, to assess if you have a chest infection. Other tests we offer to diagnose bronchiectasis include: - Chest X-ray or CT scan for a more in depth look at your lungs - Blood and phlegm tests to check for any bacterial infection - Lung function test - A sample of your sweat may be taken. High levels of salt in your sweat are a symptom of cystic fibrosis, a condition causing mucus to build up in your lungs - A bronchoscopy where a flexible tube with a camera is passed into your lungs and a tissue sample is taken
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    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help to determine the best approach for you. Whilst damage to your lungs from bronchiectasis may be permanent, you can prevent the condition worsening. Treatment options might include: - Antibiotic medication - Bronchodilators (inhalers) - Diet and exercise recommendations - Stopping smoking if you smoke - Nebulised medications to help clear your lungs - In very few cases surgery may be required. Your lungs are made up of small lobes. If a lobe is affected by bronchiectasis may be removed. This is called a lobectomy
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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