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Lungs & airways

Consumer/patient input for a Cochrane review on antibiotics taken at regular intervals by adults and children with bronchiectasis

Skills: Consumer Input, Peer Review - Consumer
Intermittent prophylactic antibiotics for bronchiectasis
Bronchiectasis is a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus that can make the lungs more vulnerable to infection.  The most common symptoms of bronchiectasis include a persistent cough that usually brings up phlegm (sputum) and/or breathlessness.  The symptoms can get worse if an infection develops in the lungs.

The intervention
Antibiotics taken at intervals aims to break the cycle of recurrent infection and inflammation.  Clinical guidelines recommends this therapy for adults with three or more exacerbations a year, but this practice is based on limited evidence. It is important to weigh the evidence for suppressing the infection  against the prevention of antibiotic resistance.

To evaluate the safety and efficacy of intermittent prophylactic antibiotics in the treatment of adults and children with bronchiectasis. 

Ideal Applicant

This task would someone with a diagnosis of bronchiectasis or an adult who cares for a child or adult with bronchiectasis.

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