It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with COPD, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Bronchiectasis.
While there is no cure for bronchiectasis, treatment is aimed at slowing the progression of the disease and manage the condition. The treatment options help reducing the frequency of infections. Chest physiotherapy is helpful as well as undergoing pulmonary rehabilitation. Bronchodilators help opening up the airways and helping with breathing. Medications to thin the mucous and help getting it out are also helpful. CT scans are mostly used to diagnose bronchiectasis. Lung function tests can help assess the breathing and the capacity of the lungs.