Patient Comments: Bronchiectasis - Causes

If known, what was the cause of your bronchiectasis?

Comment from: littledebs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I had aspergillus in my late teen years, then I got cystic bronchiectasis in my 40th year with the pseudomonas bacteria in my lungs. I wish researchers could find a way to kill the pseudomonas. I go on IV antibiotics for 4 to 6 weeks, a couple times a year. I have all the symptoms including the coughing up of blood. It is a struggle every day to do the basics. I hope someone will figure out a cure soon.

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Comment from: flora, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 06

My bronchiectasis was caused by GERD and a hiatal hernia with the stomach acid going up my esophagus to vocal cords to bronchial tubes.

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Comment from: Scott, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

My bronchiectasis was caused by ulcerative colitis.

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Comment from: sybil, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I have been diagnosed with bronchiectasis. I had pneumonia 2 or 3 times before I was a year old.

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Comment from: Skatscat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I have alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, leaving my lungs less protected.

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Comment from: fl0wer, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I had whooping cough and measles as a child and bronchitis several times in my teens. I had pneumonia when I was 24 years old caused by the "golden staph" and I was in the hospital for 6 weeks. In my 40s, I developed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) with clots that went to my lungs, confirmed by bronchoscopy. I was doing well until my little dog died and I have since had several flare-ups which have been controlled with antibiotics. Now I have a great deal of trouble clearing my lungs to I can breathe. My quality of life is so poor.

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Comment from: kimmyk, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I have had asthma and allergies my entire life. Often times, when I caught a cold it would progress to bronchitis. I was exposed to lots of secondhand smoke as a child. In the past three years, my asthma has progressed to severe, persistent asthma and I have been hospitalized for severe asthma on several occasions, usually with infection. My thought is that years of significant lung infections have caused bronchiectasis.

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