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Bronchiectasis is a lung disease characterized by the scarring and widening of the lungs’ airways. The airways then lose their ability to clear out mucus, which in turn causes mucus to build up, creating a blockage that can become a breeding ground for bacteria growth. This lung condition is usually accompanied by reoccurring infections as a result of the bacteria, which cause continuous inflammation and weakened air passages over time.
There are several causes of bronchiectasis, one of the most common being the genetic cystic fibrosis condition. Other common causes of bronchiectasis include:
- Traumatic injury to the lungs
- Tumors or other foreign developments in the lungs
- Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis
- Abnormalities that prevent the cilia in the lungs from removing excess mucus
- Immunodeficiency disorders such as AIDS and HIV
- Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis
- Connective tissue diseases like Crohn’s disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
While there is currently no cure for bronchiectasis, there are many treatment options available to help patients manage symptoms and live with the effects of this lung disease. Traditional treatment options for this condition include oral medications aimed at thinning mucus and treating infection, inhaled medicines (including bronchodilators and corticosteroids) and oxygen therapy. At the Lung Institute, we offer an alternative form of bronchiectasis treatment with our innovative stem cell therapy. This natural approach to treatment utilizes stem cells from the patient’s own body to potentially slow the progression of the disease and naturally improve lung function.
If you have been diagnosed with bronchiectasis and would like to explore stem cell therapy as an alternative treatment option, contact the Lung Institute today at (800) 729-3065.