Diagnosis

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis has many symptoms in common with other lung diseases. To get the correct treatment, it is important to have an accurate diagnosis. This may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Sputum tests (identifies germs present in the mucus)
  • Chest X-ray
  • High Resolution CT scan (HRCT) (looks in detail at the lung tissue and airways) – this test is usually needed to confirm a bronchiectasis diagnosis.
The specialist performed a lung function test, and I had bloods and scans taken. The lung function test was poor; no wonder I was so short of breath.  The scans showed pus-like cysts in both lungs – the right was completely congested and the left was doing all the work.  The lungs also showed considerable scarring.  My specialist was brilliant and explained that bronchiectasis was quite common, treatable and could be managed with antibiotics and quality self-care.

Joanne, lives with bronchiectasis.