Home | Clinical Bronchiectasis/COPD mortality Written by: Independent Nurse | Published: 05 March 2013 Am J Respir Crit Care Med (2013) doi:10.1164/rccm.201208-1518OC Bronchiectasis - permanent, progressive airways dilation following 'a vicious circle' of inflammation, infection and repair of the bronchial mucosa - is associated with longer and more severe COPD exacerbations, more frequent colonisation of bronchi by bacteria and greater functional impairment. New research suggests bronchiectasis more than doubles all-cause mortalPlease login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments. What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright. See Terms and Conditions.