Cystic bronchiectasis

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Retired male with history of childhood infection and chronic cough. Regular attender at respiratory clinic.

Patient Data

Age: 67
Gender: Male

Hyperinflated lungs.

Multiple thin walled cystic spaces in the right lung, several of have air-fluid levels in the dependent position.


Selected CT images illustrate the large cystic spaces, some of which contain fluid.

The left lung is normal.

Case Discussion

Bronchiectasis can be very variable in its extent.

This case is one of the more extreme examples with large cystic spaces.  This typically occurs following a childhood infection - in this case hence the unilaterality of the appearances.

Patients are prone to secondary infection, at which time fluid levels may develop within the cystic spaces.


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Case information

rID: 34599
Published: 7th Apr 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
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