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Health Information > Condition Information > Diagnosis
Reviewed on 3/11
By Dr. Christopher A Czaja, MD
A multiple step process usually leads to the diagnosis of bronchiectasis. Many factors are considered and different tests are conducted. The evaluation for bronchiectasis often includes:
A complete medical history and physical examination by a healthcare provider.
A chest CT scan (a specialized X-ray which produces detailed slice-like pictures) of the lungs.
Breathing tests, called pulmonary function tests. These determine the presence and severity of abnormal airflow out of the lungs.
Specific screening or diagnostic tests for some of the possible underlying diseases that may cause bronchiectasis, based on the history and physical exam.
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