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Bronchiectasis: not diagnosed for more then a year

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 15, 2009
  • 09:43 PM

I was being seen in the lung department of an university hospital. I had complaints of an itching throat and much mucus all the time (without coughing). Only at the precise moment that I was lying down (but not while lying down), I got a severe coughing fit whit clear mucus stained with yellow drops. I had a history of 2 times haemoptisis.

The result of the lung function tests was that I had an excellent lung volume etc. The sputum test also didnot gave results. Nor the bloodtests. Therefore they assumed that it could be Astma or my stomach: I got prescribed Seretide and Panthozol. But this didnot help at all. After that they suggested bronchoscopy and a scopy of the stomach. This was not done because I refused because I had 2 very bad experiences with bronchoscopy.Several months later a Scan of the lungs was made (CTG). The radiologist diagnosed it as "radiation pneumonitis" , but the doctor said he saw bronchiectasis in the middle right part of the lung. Thereafter I was given during a few weeks a macrolide antibioticum: and the result was excellent: no more continuous sputum, no moe coughing. This condition was thus undignosed/wrongly diagnosed during about 4 years.

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  • I was being seen in the lung department of an university hospital. I had complaints of an itching throat and much mucus all the time (without coughing). Only at the precise moment that I was lying down (but not while lying down), I got a severe coughing fit whit clear mucus stained with yellow drops. I had a history of 2 times haemoptisis. The result of the lung function tests was that I had an excellent lung volume etc. The sputum test also didnot gave results. Nor the bloodtests. Therefore they assumed that it could be Astma or my stomach: I got prescribed Seretide and Panthozol. But this didnot help at all. After that they suggested bronchoscopy and a scopy of the stomach. This was not done because I refused because I had 2 very bad experiences with bronchoscopy.Several months later a Scan of the lungs was made (CTG). The radiologist diagnosed it as "radiation pneumonitis" , but the doctor said he saw bronchiectasis in the middle right part of the lung. Thereafter I was given during a few weeks a macrolide antibioticum: and the result was excellent: no more continuous sputum, no moe coughing. This condition was thus undignosed/wrongly diagnosed during about 4 years.Hi Martha1,While it does "seem" as though your bronchiectasis went undiagnosed for a long period of time, you must admit that you refused a diagnostic exam that could have identified it quickly and conclusively...the bronchoscopy. It's fortunate that your doctor had the expertise and experience to recognize it on your CTG as it's not always easy to differentiate that type of a condition on an image (as evidenced by the radiologist's incorrect findings); a bronchocopy, on the other hand, makes a definitive diagnosis of a respiratory condition of that nature much easier, quicker, and more certain.I find it rather difficult to fault health care professionals for a "misdiagnosis" when you yourself, for whatever reason, have inadvertently hampered their efforts to quickly reach a correct one in a timely manner.Best regards,John
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