How is bronchiectasis diagnosed?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Ethan E Emmons, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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The diagnosis of bronchiectasis involves the following:

  • A compatible history of chronic respiratory symptoms (eg, daily cough and purulent sputum production)

  • Sputum analysis may strengthen clinical suspicion

  • Chest radiography is occasionally sufficient for confirming the diagnosis

  • High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scanning is the standard test for diagnosis [2, 3, 4]


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