I was recently diagnosed with Bronchiectasis.

Posted by mmteach @mmteach, May 10, 2016

I was recently diagnosed with Bronchiectasis. No symptoms yet just starting different tests- another CAT scan, pulminary function test, and possible bronchoscopy. Any advice/suggestions would be greaty appreciated. Thank you!

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@lauralynn

Hi mmteach,
Pulmonary hygiene is very important with bronchiectasis as Katherine mentioned. Getting a nebulizer and inhaling hypertonic saline solution is very helpful in thinning secretions, coughing it out, preventing infection. I have bronchiectasis and had MAC. I try to do it at least once a day along with regular exercise. Also, as mentioned above by turtle, there is great info on the bronchandNTM360social site sponsored by the COPD foundation. I go there regularly. They also have a hotline you can call along with educational information on the site. The more we can educate ourselves, be our own advocates, the better our health. Hope this helps. Laura

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Thanks for your input. My bronchiectasis is only a little spot on each lung right now. So i have nothing to clear out of my lungs as of right now. No coughing, since there is no gunk in my lungs as of yet. That is why I don’t know how worried I should be at this point-Is it even possible to keep it this way?

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Just looking for advice. I was recently diagnosed with bronchiectasis, had a cat scan, blood work, and mom died from it. I do not have any symptoms, not coughing at this point or ever for that matter. After reading different articles, and the different group talks, I am not sure if I should be more proactive. SHould I try to see a specialist at Mayo, do I have a bronchoscopy(sp?), without having any symptoms, should I just work on building my immunity and exercising? Thanks for any advice or suggestions, not sure what a specialist would do at this point because I don’t have any active symptoms at this point.
Thanks,
Mary

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@mmteach

Just looking for advice. I was recently diagnosed with bronchiectasis, had a cat scan, blood work, and mom died from it. I do not have any symptoms, not coughing at this point or ever for that matter. After reading different articles, and the different group talks, I am not sure if I should be more proactive. SHould I try to see a specialist at Mayo, do I have a bronchoscopy(sp?), without having any symptoms, should I just work on building my immunity and exercising? Thanks for any advice or suggestions, not sure what a specialist would do at this point because I don’t have any active symptoms at this point.
Thanks,
Mary

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Hi @mmteach, I moved your message over to your original bronchiectasis thread because you’ve started a great discussion on this topic and I think you’ll be more likely to find the right connections within this thread, especially now that other users have reached out about it as well. I think because of the concerns you have about bronchiectasis and how you saw it effect your mother, it may be beneficial to be proactive, if not just to eliminate some of the anxiety you may have about the next steps to take.

Have you spoken to the doctor who diagnosed you about next steps?

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I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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Wonderful that your doctor in Cleveland will be working with a team at Mayo Clinic. I know @katemn will applaud this. I’m also bringing @dixer into this discussion about bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus. Both have experience with this.

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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I was on IV amikacen for about 2 months then inhalation amikacen. I eventually had to have two lobes removed( lobectomy) which took all the bronchiectasis.
To date my cultures are clear except now I have been diagnosed with a rare lung fungus!

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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Thanks for joining in the discussion Dixer. What is the rare lung fungus you’ve been diagnosed with?

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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Did you have bad side effects from the amikacen? Did the antiboitics clear the mycobacterium abscessus? I’m planning on working while I have the IV. Sorry to hear you have a rare fungus, as if the other wasn’t bad enough.

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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No but you need to get your hearing checked periodolicy

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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it is Ochroconis (Dactylaria) gallopava

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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no none at all but you need to get your hearing checked. I really think the amikacen helped.

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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I had a hearing test to get a base line.

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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Thanks for the info!

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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Hello Tutti, if you read though our other forum you will see that I was so fearful of the antibiotic treatment that to my regret I did not agree to treatment until I was diagnosed with the second mycobacterium: MYCOBACTERIUM ABSCESSUS SUBSPECIES M. BOLETTI ISOLATES.

This of course required my body to fight off not one but two mycobacteriums now but of course that is exactly why I began writing on the forum .. to let others know NOT to be as fearful as I was .. that it is NOT so bad .. that you will NOT get all the side effects that you hear about! Each persons body is different!

I did the inhaled Amikacin for thirty months for 5x a week and then later for 3x a week as I got better (and whined a LOT to Dr. Aksamit!!) There are a few little tricks to the trade to the inhaled Amikacin so if you are going to be put on it let me know and I will tell you how I did it to try to make it as efficient and least hassle as possible.

I am SOOO glad your Doctor is working with Mayo .. gives me peace of mind. Absolutely two heads are better than one. Now EACH PERSON is different so DO NOT think this is what YOU should do .. but it is what Dr. Aksamit prescribed for my particular situation and MY two mycobacterium:
** 1. Azithromycin 250mg 2. Avelox 400mg 3. 2-Rifampin 300mg 4. Amikacin 2ml – inhaled 5x a week and later 3x a week 5. Ethambutol 800mg

Prior to the start of the antibiotic start I had a “baseline” hearing test and vision test for which I requested a copy so that if I traveled I would have a copy on hand for comparison.

During treatment:
Monthly I did: blood tests
Quarterly I did: vision tests and hearing tests

Tutti, if you have an option .. opt for inhaled Amikacin .. I KNOW I am biased .. but I feel Dr. Aksamit is the Guru of this disease .. and HE said to inhale the Amikacin directly into my LUNGS .. NOT an IV into my whole body!! The abscesses was in my LUNGS .. and that is where the inhaled Amikacin is DIRECTED!! Now I am NOT a doctor .. but I just googled it .. and here is what I found: Conclusion Aerosolized delivery of amikacin is a promising adjunct to standard therapy for pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial infections.

AND THAT is directly from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1808062/

As you all know .. I am big on educating yourselves. Do your own due diligence and make up your own mind on this but I’d go for inhaled Amikacin even though it may be a bit more trouble. Personally I did not have any side effects from the Amikacin .. I would just watch TV as I carefully .. fully inhaled.

Any other questions .. just let me know and I will try to answer .. I am back home now until the end of August. Hugs to you! Katherine

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@tutti

I was diagnosed 8 months ago with bronchiectasis /mycobacterium abscessus. I have no symptoms so l have been on a watch, being checked every 3 months. And ct scan every 6 months. My ct scan I had last week showed significant changes. My doctors are recommending I start antibiotic treatment but are waiting for a sputum test results to come back. I feel very lucky that my doctor in Cleveland will be working with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic on my treatment.
Have any of you had bronchiectasis mycobacterium abscessus and successfully been treated with antibiotics. If so what antibiotics worked for you.I hope to hear from someone as I’ve been told this mycobacterium is rare and difficult to treat.

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Hi Katherine
I’m also at Mayo at Rochester. I live in Minneapolis.

I see Megan Dulohery who is a MAC doc who works with Aksimet. I was finally diagnosed after a scope and lavage which showed MAC. Had pneumonia in Dec 2016 and my CT had a persistent cavity in my upper right lung.
Plan is I start the 3 drugs frequently given and CT scan and sputum in October. I should have the meds to start next week. I’m concerned about my kidneys as I take 4 blood pressure meds, but have no choice but to do what Mayo says.

Where in your lungs is your Mac? Any discussion of surgery? It seems that really ends it for those who have removal. I may be a candidate. It moves slow? I hear cavities are more aggressive, I have one in upper right as I said. Worrisome.

I’m trying to be positive but I have my moments. Lots to track with eye and hearing exams and frequent blood work. I’m overwhelmed but trying to get organized with when I have to do what.

It sounds like you are doing pretty well with this crazy disease and that gives me hope.

Any suggestions on things to do to tolerate drugs? Are you in the Minneapolis support group? I think meeting with others might help me. I feel isolated with thus weird disease and seeing others would help.

Thanks for your good posts. I’m giving it my all. Feed back appreciated!!

Peace

Kay

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