Consequences of poor Bronchiectasis control

Exacerbations of bronchiectasis are associated with:

  • Worsening quality of life for the patient, worsening daily symptoms, persistent cough, lung function decline.
  • With each flare up and infection, there is the risk of worsening lung damage and worsening of the disease.
  • Despite current treatment approaches, approximately 50% of bronchiectasis patients have two or more exacerbations per year and one third of these patients require at least one hospitalisation per year.
  • This can be a significant cost to health care resources as treatment in hospital may last for 2 weeks or more.
  • Economic cost of bronchiectasis is a target for prevention and treatment as the disease costs money, use of health care resources as well as time to treat patients and hospital bed days.