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What does bronchial dilatation mean?

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Posted on Wed, 12 Mar 2014
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir (58 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Bronchiectasis with collapsed lung. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for the query. Bronchial dilatation means diameter of airway within lung is increased.This is generally caused by previous infection or inflammatory process.Cause of this is fibrosis in surrounding lungs causing traction on airways.This cannot be treated or corrected.This dilated airways can lead to pooling of lung secretions and lead to recurrent infections.So precautions of clearing lung secretions are to be undertaken life long. Atelectasis means collapse of aerated lung segment.Such segment may get reinflated when underlying cause resolves, but may persist if there is fibrosis preventing reinflation. Both conditions are secondary to infection and inflammation.One needs keep a follow up in such cases and no active treatment is needed. Hope this helps.Regards.
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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir (20 minutes later)
is it serious? can this lead to any serious disease?
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer: No Detailed Answer: It's not extremely serious or life threatening. But does affect lung function. One has to take precautions and keep regular follow up. Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir (23 minutes later)
what precaution needs to be taken now and how to clear lung secretion
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir (7 hours later)
Brief Answer: Suspicion for respiratory infection.Physiotherapy Detailed Answer: Hello, Maintaining high suspicion for respiratory infection and treating them early are the precautions.Avoid extreme cold environment, allergens , dust and smoking. For draining lung secretions steam inhalation and chest physiotherapy can help. Chest physiotherapy is usefull more in cases of think inspisated collection.A physiotherapist can help you learn the way to drain lung secretions. Hope this helps.Regards.
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What does bronchial dilatation mean?

Brief Answer: Bronchiectasis with collapsed lung. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for the query. Bronchial dilatation means diameter of airway within lung is increased.This is generally caused by previous infection or inflammatory process.Cause of this is fibrosis in surrounding lungs causing traction on airways.This cannot be treated or corrected.This dilated airways can lead to pooling of lung secretions and lead to recurrent infections.So precautions of clearing lung secretions are to be undertaken life long. Atelectasis means collapse of aerated lung segment.Such segment may get reinflated when underlying cause resolves, but may persist if there is fibrosis preventing reinflation. Both conditions are secondary to infection and inflammation.One needs keep a follow up in such cases and no active treatment is needed. Hope this helps.Regards.