Radiol Clin North Am. 1991 Sep;29(5):1031-42.


Bronchiectasis is important because (1) it predisposes the patient to infection; (2) it may be accompanied by increased bronchial blood flow and hemoptysis; (3) when widespread, it may be associated with significant airway obstruction; and (4) when focal, it may simulate neoplasms and other diseases. The widespread use of computed tomography (CT) for evaluation of lung diseases has revealed that bronchiectasis is common--even in patients who do not have clinical or plain radiographic suspicion of bronchiectasis. The pathology, pathogenesis, and radiographic findings are presented herein.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bronchiectasis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bronchiectasis / etiology
  • Bronchiectasis / pathology
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung / pathology
  • Radiography