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Bronchiectasis

What is Bronchiectasis? Bronchiectasis (bron-key-ECK-tah-sis) is a lung condition where your bronchi get too wide and mucus builds up in them. Your bronchi are medium-sized airways (tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs). Your lungs make mucus to trap and remove germs and irritants that you breathe in. The mucus made in your lungs is also called phlegm (flem). Your airways are lined with ciliated cells that help move the mucus out of your lungs. The cilia (SIL-ee-ah) are fine, hair-like structures on the cells that move back and forth. These special cells sweep the mucus upward in your airways to move it out of your lungs. With Bronchiectasis, your lungs get damaged and cannot clear out the mucus the way they should. The mucus stays in the airways and germs grow in it and scar, making it harder for you to move air through them. Treatment is aimed at preventing more damage from infections.

Do you have Bronchiectasis?
  • Frequent Coughing
  • Chest Congestion
  • Mucus Build Up
  • Frequent Chest Infections
Doctors in your area are currently searching for participants for a research study.

PHARMAXIS Trial: a randomized 12-month study using inhaled Mannitol or placebo control twice a day to treat Bronchiectasis. All qualified participants will receive at no cost study related physical exam, medical care and medications. -Closed to enrollment

BAYq3939: a 48 week trial using Ciprofloxacin in twice a day to prolong the time of exacerbations in patients with Bronchiectasis.

For more information call CardioPulmonary Research Center at 314-439-LUNG (5864).

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