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Bronchiectasis is increasing in the UK, study shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5916 (Published 05 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5916
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The incidence and prevalence of bronchiectasis, a long term respiratory condition with persistent airway infection and recurrent exacerbations in people with structurally abnormal bronchi, has increased over the past decade and now affects more than 1% of people aged 70 and older, a UK study has shown.

The study, reported in the European Respiratory Journal, analysed anonymised primary care medical records for 14 million patients registered between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2013.1 Researchers identified people aged 18 and over with a diagnosis of bronchiectasis and looked at trends in incidence, prevalence, and mortality over time. …

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