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Bronchiectasis is a lung condition where the breathing tubes in the lungs get damaged and are larger than usual. This makes it harder for the lungs to clear mucus (sputum or phlegm).

People with bronchiectasis are more likely to get chest infections, and the infections are likely to last longer. It also makes people prone to having a moist cough, sometimes with a wheeze, and feeling short of breath.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by community respiratory physician, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed May 2017.

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