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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.


The management of bronchiectasis includes medical therapy and physiotherapy strategies. The medical treatment consists of patient education, treatment of the acute exacerbations, prophylactic treatment, vaccination, and other therapies. Antimicrobial therapy is indicated for acute exacerbations of bronchiectasis. The physiotherapy strategies focus on airway clearance and pulmonary rehabilitation. Supportive therapies include inhaled mannitol, nebulized hypertonic 7% saline, inhaled corticosteroids, and oxygen therapy. Along with treatment of bronchiectasis, it is important to treat any underlying conditions.

Bronchiectasis Medical Therapy[edit]

Medical Treatment[edit]

Patient Education[edit]

  • The patients should understand their diagnosis clearly.
  • Smoking cessation, regular exercise, and proper nutrition should be advised.
  • The patient should know how to self-manage acute exacerbations with a home supply of antibiotics.

Treatment of Acute Exacerbations[edit]

  • The mainstay of treatment is antibiotic therapy.
  • Once the sputum specimen is collected and sent for culture, a targeted antibiotic therapy is recommended.
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  • Intravenous (IV) antibiotics may be needed if there has been: no response to oral antibiotics, systemic deterioration, or if the organism is sensitive only to IV agents.<ref name="pmid23728208">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation

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Antibiotic Regimen[edit]

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  • 1.Acute exacerbations of bronchiectasis
  • 1.1 Empiric antimicrobial therapy
  • Preferred regimen: Amoxicillin 0.5-1 g PO/IV q8h for 14 days
  • Alternative regimen (1): Ciprofloxacin 500-750 mg PO bid for 14 days
  • Alternative regimen (2): Clarithromycin 500 mg PO bid for 14 days
  • 1.2 Pathogen-directed antimicrobial therapy
  • 1.2.1 Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • 1.2.2 Haemophilus influenzae (b-lactamase negative)
  • Preferred regimen (1): Amoxicillin 0.5-1 g PO tid for 14 days
  • Preferred regimen (2): Amoxicillin 3 g PO bid for 14 days
  • Alternative regimen (1): Clarithromycin 500 mg PO bid for 14 days
  • Alternative regimen (2): Ciprofloxacin 500 mg PO bid for 14 days
  • Alternative regimen (3): Ceftriaxone 2 g IV q24h for 14 days
  • 1.2.3 Haemophilus influenzae (b-lactamase positive)
  • 1.2.4 Moraxella catarrhalis
  • 1.2.5 Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)
  • 1.2.6 Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) (mild-to-moderate)
  • Preferred regimen (weight < 50 kg): Rifampicin 450 mg PO qd AND Trimethoprim 200 mg PO bid for 14 days
  • Preferred regimen (weight > 50 kg): Rifampicin 600 mg PO qd AND Trimethoprim 200 mg PO bid for 14 days
  • Alternative regimen (weight < 50 kg): Rifampicin 450 mg PO qd AND Doxycycline 200 mg PO qd for 14 days
  • Alternative regimen (weight > 50 kg): Rifampicin 600 mg PO qd AND Doxycycline 200 mg PO qd for 14 days
  • Alternative regimen: Linezolid 600 mg PO bid for 14 days (third-line therapy)
  • 1.2.7 Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) (severe)
  • Preferred regimen (1): Vancomycin 1 g IV q12h (trough levels of 10-20 ng/mL)
  • Preferred regimen (2): Teicoplanin 400 mg IV q24h for 14 days
  • Alternative regimen: Linezolid 600 mg IV q12h for 14 days
  • 1.2.8 Coliforms (eg, Klebsiella, enterobacter)
  • 1.2.9 Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • 1.2.10 Pediatric Dosing
  • 2. Long-term antibiotic prophylaxis
  • Patients with ≥3 exacerbations/year requiring antibiotic therapy or patients with fewer exacerbations that are causing significant morbidity should be considered for long-term antibiotic prophylaxis
  • 2.1 Pathogen-directed antimicrobial therapy
  • 2.1.1 Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • 2.1.2 Haemophilus influenzae (b-lactamase negative)
  • 2.1.3 Haemophilus influenzae (b-lactamase positive)
  • 2.1.4 Moraxella catarrhalis
  • 2.1.5 Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)
  • 3. Pseudomonas eradication (colonization)
  • 3.1 Initial therapy
  • 3.2 Secondary therapy in case of treatment failure
  • Preferred regimen (1): Piperacillin-tazobactam 4.5 g PO tid for 14 days
  • Preferred regimen (2): Cefepime 1-2 g IV q8-12h
  • Preferred regimen (3): Ciprofloxacin 750 mg PO bid for 4 weeks AND Colistin (Nebulized) 2 MU NEB bid for 3 months
  • Preferred regimen (3): Colistin (Nebulized) 2 MU NEB bid for 3 months

Other Therapies[edit]

  • Inhaled mannitol and nebulized hypertonic 7% saline for increased airways clearance and sputum yield<ref name="pmid23728208">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation

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  • Inhaled corticosteroids show a significant decrease in sputum production and cough<ref name="pmid23728208">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation

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Physiotherapy Strategies[edit]

Airway Clearance[edit]

  • Postural drainage
  • Autogenic drainage
  • ActiveCycle of breathing techniques
  • Positive expiratory pressure (PEP)
  • Oscillatory PEP devices
  • High-frequency chest wall percussion

Pulmonary Rehabilitation[edit]

  • Exercise training
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Education of the patient's disease and how to manage it
  • Techniques on how to conserve energy
  • Strategies on breathing
  • Psychological counseling


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