How is bronchiectasis diagnosed?

As well as assessing your symptoms, past medical history and childhood history, the healthcare practitioner will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope for any abnormal sounds. The main test to diagnose bronchiectasis is a high resolution CT scan of your chest.

Other tests may include:

• A chest X-ray

• Spirometry (breathing) test

• Blood tests - to check your immune system

• Sputum (phlegm) tests – to test for bacteria

How is bronchiectasis treated?

There are a number of treatments to manage the symptoms of bronchiectasis. Some of these include techniques to clear the phlegm from your chest, antibiotics, managing breathlessness and vaccinations.

For more information, read and download the ‘Living with Bronchiectasis – things to know’ and other resources here.

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Living with Bronchiectasis – things to know

This comprehensive ‘checklist’ is for adults with bronchiectasis. It contains information that will help you manage and understand your bronchiectasis symptoms.

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Bronchiectasis Action Plan

​This self-management plan is for adults with bronchiectasis and is to be completed by healthcare practitioners, together with their patients. It helps you to recognise your symptoms and what to do to manage them by following a simple step-wise ‘traffic light’ action plan.

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Breathlessness Quick Reference

A quick reference guide for managing breathlessness. Available in English, te reo Māori and Samoan.