Patient Comments: Bronchiectasis - Diagnosis

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Comment from: brownie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

First, I have seasonal allergies, which get worse in the fall. In August 2010, I was treated with antibiotics for coughing up yellow/brown mucus which had specks of blood. The antibiotics cleared the problem up. I had the Flu this year, which put me in bed for 10 days. This September I started with the yellow/brown mucus, again with blood specks, more than before. I was planning surgery and my doctor sent me for a CT of the chest, which showed "Mild diffuse bronchiectasis without suspicious intraluminal lesions." I am a retired firefighter, after 31.5 years, and I don't smoke. My guess is that the damage was done during my time as a firefighter. I have an appointment with a pulmonary doctor next month, as the ENT doctor that treated it the first time says that they don't treat lung problems. Well folks, I'll let you know how things turn out.

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

I had bronchitis and the doctor asked how long it had been since I had had a chest x-ray. It was at least 25 to 30 years, so he took an x-ray. I was sent very soon after to a pulmonologist!

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Comment from: MT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I had recurrent lung infections all my life. In my 30s, I could not get rid of an infection so they did a CT scan and bronchoscopy.

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