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What are the types of bronchiectasis?
Some researchers have described three primary types of bronchiectasis. These
types are defined by their anatomical/microscopic appearance.
Cylindrical bronchiectasis, the mildest form of bronchiectasis that shows the
loss of normal airway tapering.
Saccular or varicose
bronchiectasis shows further distortion of the airway wall along with more
mucous and sputum production by the individual; some of the bronchi may appear
to be in a beaded form.
The most severe form of bronchiectasis and the least
common form is cystic bronchiectasis. This form has large air spaces and a
honeycombed appearance in
CT scan studies and usually has thicker walls than the
blebs seen with emphysema. Some people have more than one type in their lungs.