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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.

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Other diagnostic tools that can be used are pulmonary function tests, electron microscope examination, and bronchoscopy.

Bronchiectasis Other Diagnostic Studies

Pulmonary Function Tests

  • As the disease progresses, the pulmonary function tests represent a restrictive disorder (FEV1/FVC ratio > or = 80%)
    • This indicates the destruction of the lung tissue and small airways

Electron Microscope Examination

  • Examination can be performed on sputum and respiratory epithelium for evidence of ciliary structural abnormalities or dyskinesia

Bronchoscopy

References

  1. de Vries, Jorrit J. V.; Chang, Anne B.; Marchant, Julie M. (2018). "Comparison of bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage findings in three types of suppurative lung disease". Pediatric Pulmonology. doi:10.1002/ppul.23952. ISSN 8755-6863.

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