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Signet Ring Sign[edit]

Should this be added to radiological features? The unusual name is in reports and common parlance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:28, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

Diseases associated with bronchiectasis[edit]

There seems to be a difference of opinion about the most common infections associated with Bronchiectasis. In the intro it says Staph, Klebsiella and Bordetella (backed up by an emedicine article). In the pathogenesis section it says Staph and Moraxella. I'm not really sure how to resolve this since I can't actually access the second article. It could be that the intro section lists causes whereas the pathogenesis section is just listing common secondary infections but I was confused. Naranoth (talk) 02:55, 21 August 2009 (UTC)


As a note, on this day, I have overhauled about 85% of this article. I have a few touch-ups to go, because I think part of the prevention and treatment sections are poorly written. I removed the unsourced tag, which I think is fair enough because of the properly sourced references. For anyone that cares, I promise that I'm not done here, I finish all of my articles to completion! Be patient, it's almost done, though. WiiAlbanyGirl 09:33, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Ok, I'm done. If I find anymore stuff, I will certainly add it. Cheers! WiiAlbanyGirl 18:26, 22 June 2007 (UTC)


I can not see Williams-Campbell syndrome mentioned under congenital bronchiectasis, is there a reason for this? User:Jaere 10:52, 6 Nov 2007 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)


I think that stating that inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) will halt bronchiectasis is a bit misleading. There is some evidence from short term trials that they may reduce 24 hour sputum production or inflammatory markers, but nothing conclusive to indicate a reduction in the number of exacerbations (as indicated by transient increase in sputum volume or purulence), and no trials were followed up for long enough to provide any information on a reduction (or otherwise) in the rate of progression of the disease state. Although interestingly a number of trials investigating ICS in COPD (which shares many similarities to bronchiectasis, being neutrophil driven, and also may co-exist in a number of patients) show that ICS have no-effect whatsoever on the rate of lung function decline as evidenced by progressive FEV1 and FVC measurments, although they do reduce the rate of exacerbations (possibly offset by the increased incidence of pneumonia). Also i feel that grouping salbutamol (a beta-agonist bronchodilator), fluticasone (an ICS), and ipratropium (an anticholinergic) all with different modes of action in the same paragraph and concluding they clear the airways and reduce inflammation is possible a tad confusing. hi there.

General Discussion[edit]

I apologize, but on my recent edit, I mistakenly checked the minor edit box. The information was also refrenced from a recent article in a newspaper. (Did not have knowledge of citing) Mastado (talk) 02:06, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

Marfan Syndrome[edit]

Can you please add marfan syndrome as a cause of Bronchiectasis. Source the marfan trust - — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 09.25, 8 December 2010 (GMT)

 Done, added to the congenital causes section. The page isn't protected though, so you could have made the edit yourself. GiftigerWunsch [TALK] 09:33, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Simplifying the language of the definition[edit]

This article begins with an overly complex and unreferenced description of bronchiectasis: "Bronchiectasis is a disease state defined by localized, irreversible dilation of part of the bronchial tree caused by destruction of the muscle and elastic tissue." Here are some sources that word it much more simply: American Lung Association,[1],[2] and this is a good definition (although the language is also too complex): NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary.[3] Hildabast (talk) 19:47, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ American Lung Association. Retrieved 23 May 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Retrieved 23 May 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ NICE. http://cks[.]!topicsummary. Retrieved 23 May 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)


The images are interesting, but it's hard for a lay person like me to tell what I'm looking at. Perhaps somewhere there are photos comparing a healthy specimen with a bronchiectatic one?

*Septegram*Talk*Contributions* 01:15, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

This article's lead[edit]

Too long, too much info, too many references (most not required as info is non-controversial), doesn't flow (read well), ref. MOS:LEAD, i propose rewriting it over the next week, thoughts? Coolabahapple (talk) 03:31, 30 October 2016 (UTC)

Per WP:MEDMOS we write medical leads in easier to understand language. This means using simpler words and short sentences. Yes we sacrifice some flow for greater understanding by a general audience.
Leads are supposed to be about 4 paragraphs which this is. This is the typically length of leads for medical articles so no real reason to shorten it. Body could use expansion.
There is nothing wrong with fully referencing the lead. And this is specifically allowed per WP:MEDMOS. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 11:22, 30 October 2016 (UTC)
okay, thanks for explanation, will leave it as is:) Coolabahapple (talk) 13:18, 30 October 2016 (UTC)

Surgical treatment[edit]

It's my understanding that lobectomy is a common surgical treatment for advanced bronchiectasis (or for the damage therefrom). The article doesn't seem to mention it, so should it? Abductive (reasoning) 06:10, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

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