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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

The most common signs of bronchiectasis are coarse crackles, rhonchi, and wheezes on auscultation.

Bronchiectasis Physical Examination

The physical exam findings for bronchiectasis are as follows:[1]

General appearance

Vital Signs

Vital signs are generally within normal limit, but patients with severe disease (massive hemoptysis or sepsis) may have the following vital signs:

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Heart

Abdomen

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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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