What are indications for surgical intervention to treat bronchiectasis?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Ethan E Emmons, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Surgical resection of involved bronchiectatic sites is an important adjunct to therapy for patients with focal disease that is poorly controlled by antibiotics. Other indications for surgical intervention may include the following:

  • Reduction of acute infective episodes

  • Reduction of excessive sputum production

  • Massive hemoptysis (alternatively, bronchial artery embolization may be attempted)

  • Foreign body or tumor removal

  • Consideration in the treatment of MAC or Aspergillus species infections

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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