Why have I got bronchiectasis?
For up to half of people diagnosed with bronchiectasis, there’s no clear underlying cause. This is called idiopathic bronchiectasis.
Some illnesses linked to bronchiectasis include:
- having had a severe lung infection such as pneumonia, whooping cough or tuberculosis
(TB) in the past
- inflammatory bowel disease, also called ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
- immune system deficiencies
- arthritis disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis
- a problem with the normal structure or function of your lungs, such as primary ciliary dyskinesia
Other causes include:
- a severe allergic response to fungus or moulds such as aspergillus
- gastric reflux
- a blockage of your airways, by items such as peanuts
Bronchiectasis is not the same as asthma or COPD. Bronchiectasis is not caused by smoking in the way that COPD is.
Treatment for bronchiectasis
Treatment for bronchiectasis will help prevent further damage and infections, and reduce symptoms