What are the physical findings of bronchiectasis?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Ethan E Emmons, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Findings on physical examination are nonspecific and may include the following:

  • Crackles, rhonchi, scattered wheezing, and inspiratory squeaks on auscultation

  • Digital clubbing (2-3% of patients; more frequent in moderate-to-severe cases)

  • Cyanosis and plethora with polycythemia from chronic hypoxia (rare)

  • Wasting and weight loss

  • Nasal polyps and signs of chronic sinusitis

  • Physical stigmata of cor pulmonale, in advanced disease

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.


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