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Varicose bronchiectasis

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Varicose bronchiectasis refers to an uncommon morphological subtype of bronchiectasis. According to one study, this type as a pure form accounted for ~10% of all bronchiectasis 1.

For a general discussion, please refer to the article on bronchiectasis.

Radiographic features

There are intermittent narrowed and dilated segment to the affected bronchus when viewed in long axis and can give a string of pearls sign 2 reflecting the irregularly beaded appearance.

Article information

rID: 25717
System: Chest
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • String of pearl sign (varicose bronchiectasis)
  • String of pearl sign (chest)
  • String of pearl sign (bronchiectasis)
  • Varicose type bronchiectasis
  • Varicoid type bronchiectasis

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: types of bronchiectasis
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