Bronchiectasis is a condition of the lungs caused when parts of the bronchii become dilated and collapse and fail to either take in air or clear secretions.  It has a number of causes including recurring pneumoniatuberculosiscystic fibrosis, aspergillosistumorsstaphylococcuswhooping cough, childhood AIDSinflammatory bowel diseaseCrohn's disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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