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The complications of bronchiectasis include:

  • life-threatening haemoptysis
    • if haemoptysis 10mL or less over a 24 hour period, treat with an appropriate oral antibiotics; if clinical deterioration, arrange emergency admission to hospital (1)
  • acute infective exacerbations
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • lung abscess
  • brain abscess
  • amyloidosis
  • pleural effusion.


  1. Hill AT, Sullivan AL, Chalmers JD, et al British Thoracic Society guideline for bronchiectasis in adults. BMJ Open Respiratory Research 2018;5:e000348. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2018-000348

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