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Non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis in the elderly: current perspectives

Authors Quinn TM, Hill AT

Received 28 March 2018

Accepted for publication 7 June 2018

Published 10 September 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 1649—1656

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CIA.S143139

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker


Tom M Quinn, Adam T Hill

Respiratory Department, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Abstract: Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung disease with permanently damaged airways predisposing to recurrent respiratory tract infections. There is an increasing prevalence of bronchiectasis in the elderly, affecting approximately 10 patients per 1,000 population. Studies have shown that older, frailer patients tend to have a more severe and symptomatic disease, with those aged 80 and above with worse quality of life, increased hospitalization and increased mortality. These patients will be encountered by clinicians working in all aspects of elderly care. This review covers the various investigations and aspects of treatment for bronchiectasis and how they may be utilized in a more older and generally frailer population.

Keywords: respiratory, geriatrics, microbiology

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