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Is bronchiectasis reversible

Hi, I’m new to this group, my daughter was diagnosed with lower left lobe bronchiectasis 2 years ago after having a ct she is 4 years old now, she has been having iv antibiotic treatment every 10 week for 2 week as well as colomycin nebuliser & co amoxiclav daily, she had a ct scan last week and the consultants Secutary told me the ct scan is clear and doesn’t show any evidence of bronchiectasis. Which is obviously great news if that’s correct, but she still has a constant wet cough and is still falling poorly all the time with temperatures and a bad chest.

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Hi Zoe,

I am so sorry your dear little Daughter was diagnosed with bronchiectasis. I have had bronchiectasis from being 5 months old at the start of the NHS and I have never heard of bronchiectasis being reversed. If it is localised it can be eliminated with surgery. I feel you need to see her consultant, especially as she is having these constant symptoms.

You might want to telephone the nurses at the British Lung Foundation who are very knowledgeable re adult and paediatric brochiectasis. Their telephone number is 03000 030 555 during office hours.

Sorry I forgot to welcome you. Would you please let us know how you get on.

Healing hugs to your little Daughter.

Love cx


Hi Zoe

My son was diagnosed with bronchiectasis last year (he is now 6). We aren't sure of the cause of his yet but think its unlikely to be from a past illness as i also have it (his mum) and its worse, although still mild, in his lung where he has never had pneumonia (that we know of!) The respiratory consultant did explain to us that there are cases when bronchiectasis damage can be significantly reversed - he explained this is more likely in young children as their lungs are still growing & developing and areas of damage can become much smaller. He said healing is also more likely if the cause of bronchiectasis is a past infection / pneumonia.

I really hope that your daughter's has 'repaired'. Hopefully the consultant plans to see you to discuss your daughters CT result and you can discuss the ongoing symptoms that she is having?

I wish you and your daughter all the best!



Zoe just found this - not sure how reputable the site is, but it does suggest a possibility of reversability in children. I am so hoping this will be the case for your little one.



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