Could Chinese herbs accelerate the resolution of reversible bronchiectasis in adults?: A case report

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Abstract

Rationale:

The classic definition of bronchiectasis is of permanent bronchial dilatation. Therefore, bronchiectasis is generally considered irreversible in the adult population.

Patient concerns:

A 27-year-old woman presented to an affiliated hospital with a 1-year history of productive cough.

Diagnosis:

Bronchiectasis.

Interventions:

The patient was treated with cephalosporin and a mucus clearance regimen for 6 days and then with Chinese herbs for 3 months.

Outcomes:

Reversible bronchial dilatation was evidenced by sequential chest high-resolution computed tomography 6 months later.

Conclusion:

The current report demonstrated that, although rare in adult, bronchial dilatation might resolve completely in such a short period if receiving adequate regimens, for example, Chinese herbs.

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