Radiological evidence of progression of bronchiectasis

Respir Med. 1992 Sep;86(5):397-401. doi: 10.1016/s0954-6111(06)80006-5.


Radiological evidence of progression of bronchiectasis was sought in a group of 84 consecutive adult patients admitted to a tertiary unit with a particular interest in the disease. Methodical comparison for each patient of the earliest and most recent chest X-rays (n = 84), bronchograms (n = 1) and thoracic computed tomography (CT) scans (n = 32) was performed. Fifteen patients (18%) were considered to show radiological evidence of progression of bronchiectasis, 14 on chest X-ray, two of whom also showed progression on CT scans, and in one patient on bronchography alone. The likelihood of finding evidence of radiological progression increased the longer the interval between examinations. Serial radiology allows identification of patients with progression of disease and indicates the need to review management strategy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bronchiectasis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bronchography
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed