Bronchiectasis is a condition in which a person’s airways—the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs—are damaged. Mucus gets stuck in the airways, causing them to widen and become more susceptible to infection. People with bronchiectasis may develop a chronic cough, as well as shortness of breath.
NYU Langone specialists are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases, including bronchiectasis. Our pulmonologists, or lung specialists, have expertise in the direct delivery of antibiotics to the lungs. They also have experience managing rare but serious conditions, such as atypical mycobacterial infections, that are known to affect people with bronchiectasis.
NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation, ranked as one of the best rehabilitation centers in the nation, offers inpatient and outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation. Our physical therapists and exercise physiologists help people with bronchiectasis minimize symptoms and improve quality of life.
Treatment for bronchiectasis typically includes medication, lifestyle changes, pulmonary rehabilitation, and airway clearance therapy. In some cases, doctors recommend surgery.
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