• Vol. 42 No. 11, 620–622
  • 15 November 2013

An Unusual Cause of Bronchiectasis and Asthma


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A 69-year-old female, non-smoker, who enjoyed good health in the past, was referred to our chest clinic for a 6-month history of worsening breathlessness, nocturnal cough and occasional blood stained sputum. She denied any fever, weight loss or recent travel history. Physical examination showed polyphonic wheeze. Lung function test showed FEV1 (forced expiratory volume in one second)/FVC (forced vital capacity) of 0.56; FEV1 of 53% predicted with 21% of improvement after bronchodilator. Thus, diagnosis of asthma was confirmed.

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