Bronchiectasis Causes

Bronchiectasis causes

Bronchiectasis Causes

There are several known causes of bronchiectasis. Cystic fibrosis – a genetic condition that causes the production of excess mucus – is one of the most common. In fact, these two conditions are so frequently correlated that some physicians use the term “CF bronchiectasis” to refer to bronchiectasis caused by cystic fibrosis.

Conversely, the classification “non-CF bronchiectasis” can be used to refer to cases of bronchiectasis that are linked to other causes. These other potential causes include:

  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Hypersensitivities to certain allergens
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Connective tissue diseases such as Marfan’s disease or Williams-Campbell syndrome
  • Traumatic lung injuries
  • The presence of tumors or other foreign bodies in the lungs

Bronchiectasis can trigger severe scarring and inflammation in the lungs, which in turn causes mucus to develop. Mucus can obstruct the airways and make a person more prone to infection. Researchers have spent many years studying ways to interrupt this cycle of inflammation, mucus production and obstruction. Stem cell therapy is one alternative treatment that – unlike most other therapies for bronchiectasis – has the potential to slow the progression of the disease. Stem cell treatment may also be able to help alleviate many of the symptoms that bronchiectasis causes, such as chest pain and difficulty breathing. Many of the individuals who have turned to the Lung Institute for stem cell treatment have experienced an improvement in their quality of life.

If you’re seeking treatment for bronchiectasis, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about stem cell therapy. We understand that bronchiectasis often causes a number of inconvenient symptoms, but our caring team is here to help you find relief.

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