Lung disease in which bronchial tubes become blocked and accumulate thick secretions. Frequently secondary infections occur. Not contagious unless associated with tuberculosis. See Tuberculosis. Symptoms may include cough, shortness of breath, malaise, fatigue and anemia. See Anemia. Treatment allows most people to lead nearly normal lives.
permanent abnormal dilatation of bronchi usually following bronchopulmonary infection or as a complication of cystic fibrosis.
A condition that results from damage to the airways of the lungs. Changes that damage muscle or elastic tissue of airways and create permanent dilation that may result in formation of pouches in the airways. These pouches are susceptible to bacteria because this damage makes it difficult to clear mucus in a normal fashion. Chronic or repeated infection can cause loss of structural integrity of the bronchial tree.