What is bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis is a long-term chest (lung) condition, in which the airways become wider than normal. The main symptom of bronchiectasis is a persistent cough, which produces a lot of sputum (phlegm). People with bronchiectasis are more likely to get frequent chest infections.

This resource does not provide information about cystic fibrosis. Where it refers to ‘bronchiectasis’, it is referring to ‘non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis’.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine. Long-term issues include difficulty breathing and coughing up mucus as a result of frequent lung infections.

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Information about cystic fibrosis can be obtained from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust: