What are the signs of exacerbation of bronchiectasis?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Ethan E Emmons, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Exacerbations of bronchiectasis from acute bacterial infections may produce the following signs:

  • Increased sputum production over baseline

  • Increased viscidity of sputum

  • A foul odor of the sputum (occasional)

  • Low-grade fever (rare)

  • Increased constitutional symptoms (eg, fatigue, malaise)

  • Increased dyspnea, shortness of breath, wheezing, or pleuritic pain


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