Bronchiectasis is a long-term condition affecting the airways. The airways become widened and inflamed, developing pockets which trap mucus. This mucus can become very difficult to cough up and can act as a breeding ground in which bugs can grow, sometimes leading to a chest infection. The condition can be treated but cannot be cured.
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Bronchiectasis is sometimes called non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. People who have cystic fibrosis can have lung symptoms similar to those of bronchiectasis, but the treatments and outlook are different.
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