A patient with bronchiectasis is usually symptomatic between acute exacerbations.


Common complaints in a patient with bronchiectasis:

(1) frequent cough

(2) chronic production of a large amount of a thick, purulent sputum, often greater in the morning as pooled secretions are cleared

(3) blood-streaked sputum, sometimes with hemoptysis

(4) dyspnea

(5) wheezing

(6) pleuritic chest pain


Findings on physical examination:

(1) crackles

(2) rhonchi

(3) wheezing


Less common findings:

(1) digital clubbing


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