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What is bronchiectasis?
Bronchiectasis is a condition in which the bronchial tubes in the lung become
damaged from inflammation or other causes and the smooth muscles of the
bronchial tubes are destroyed. In addition, elasticity of the bronchi is often
lost. Bronchiectasis may be acquired or have a genetic origin. Many clinicians
consider bronchiectasis to be a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD); it includes
chronic bronchitis and emphysema.