from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chronic dilatation of the bronchial tubes.
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- n. Abnormal permanent dilation of the bronchial tubes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, dilatation of the bronchial tubes as produced in phthisis and chronic bronchitis.
She had been ill for years with bronchiectasis, an uncommon degenerative lung disease which she fought with exercises, diet, medication and willpower.
In 1993, and again recently, he had mild bronchiectasis which sometimes has mild secondary infection.
In 1993, he was also seen by a specialist in pulmonology in the private sector and it was favoured that he has some bronchiectasis and fibrosis of his left lung due to the previous tuberculosis.
Bronchitis both acute and chronic, chronic pneumonia and phthisis, acute pneumonia and broncho-pneumonia, may all leave after them a bronchiectasis whose position is determined by the primary lesion.
In cases of large quantities of pus, as in pulmonary abscess and bronchiectasis, however, no diminution is noticeable.
For certain work such as drainage of pulmonary abscesses, the lavage treatment of bronchiectasis and for foreign-body or other cases with abundant secretions, a drainage-bronchoscope is useful The drainage canal may be on top, or on the under surface next to the light-carrier canal.
The sojourn of an inorganic foreign body in the bronchus for a year or more is followed by the development of bronchiectasis, pulmonary abscess, and fibrous changes.
-- In most cases of bronchiectasis there are strong indications for a bronchoscopic diagnosis, to eliminate such conditions as foreign body, cicatricial bronchial stenosis, or endobronchial neoplasm as etiologic factors.
-- Bronchoscopy should be done in all cases of chronic pulmonary abscess and bronchiectasis even though radiographic study reveals no shadow of foreign body.
Retention of secretions and bacterial decomposition thereof produces first a "drowned lung" (natural passages full of pus); then sloughing or ulceration in the tissues plus the pressure of the pus, causes bronchiectasis; further destruction of the cartilaginous rings results in true abscess formation below the foreign body.
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