How Is Bronchiectasis Diagnosed?

Written by: Lung Health
May 29, 2019

Since bronchiectasis has symptoms that are so similar to other lung conditions, physicians sometimes have difficulty reaching a conclusive diagnosis. One of the best ways patients can help with this is to take a collaborative approach, especially by coming to their appointments prepared to answer questions about symptoms and discuss the risk factors that could be contributing to your condition. 

Why Do You Need to Understand the Diagnostic Process?

It can also be helpful to have a basic understanding of the diagnostic process. This will help you be more at ease and know what to expect as you work with your physician to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms, whether it is bronchiectasis or another condition. 

Typical Steps to Reach a Bronchiectasis Diagnosis

When you make an appointment with your doctor regarding symptoms like shortness of breath, persistent coughing or chest pains, he or she will likely take the following diagnostic steps: 

  • Review your medical history and your family’s medical history to identify any risk factors for lung conditions like bronchiectasis.
  • Ask in-depth questions about your symptoms, including their frequency and severity and how they are affecting your daily activities.
  • Perform a physical examination, including listening to your breathing through a stethoscope.
  • Order any necessary diagnostic imagery or lab tests, such as X-ray, CT scan or pulmonary function test. 
  • In some cases, additional testing such as blood work or lung tissue analysis may be recommended, especially to rule out other conditions.


Keeping a log of your symptoms and activities can be highly beneficial as you work to reach a diagnosis. Any information you can provide to your doctor can be helpful in reaching a diagnosis of bronchiectasis or ruling out another condition. 

Next Steps for Bronchiectasis Treatment

If bronchiectasis is determined to be the underlying cause of symptoms, there are effective treatment options that can offer relief. This includes medication, oxygen therapy, lung rehabilitation exercises and working with your doctor to develop a wellness plan to promote lung health. 

At Lung Health Institute, we are world-recognized leaders in the field of regenerative treatment for conditions including bronchiectasis. With our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ wellness plans and our cellular therapy, we can help you restore lung functioning and find relief from debilitating symptoms. 

Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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