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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Hamid Qazi, MD, BSc [2], Saarah T. Alkhairy, M.D.

Overview

There are both routine investigations and special case investigations. Routine investigations include sputum analysis, full blood count, and quantitative immunoglobulin levels. Cystic fibrosis and autoimmune testing are done if the patient is suspected of having an underlying condition.

Bronchiectasis Laboratory Findings

The laboratory findings of bronchiectasis are as follows:[1]

Sputum Analysis

Full Blood Count

Quantitative Immunoglobulin Levels

Quantitative Serum Alpha 1-antitrypsin (AAT) Levels

  • This is used to rule out AAT deficiency

Tests for Ciliary Function

Testing for Cystic Fibrosis

24-hour pH Monitoring

Autoimmune Screening Tests

References

  1. O'Donnell, Anne E. (2008). "Bronchiectasis". Chest. 134 (4): 815–823. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0776. ISSN 0012-3692.

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