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Acquired Bronchiectasis and Receiving Social Security Disability

Bronchiectasis is a disease that is characterized by damage that occurs to the walls of your large airways (bronchial tubes) of your lungs. Inflammation that is the result of infection or other causes destroys the smooth muscles that allow your bronchial tubes to be elastic. Inflammation also stops secretions from being cleared that are normally made by your lung tissue. The walls of your airways start to become irregularly shaped. Secretions start to accumulate in your distorted airways instead of being gotten rid of. This leads to the formation of a breeding ground for the growth of bacteria. These bacteria then produce more secretions, additional irritation and inflammation and airway damage. This results in a vicious cycle of damage. Bronchiectasis is a kind of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), along with emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Bronchiectasis may be present by itself, but usually more than one of the types of COPD are present in addition to this disease. There are two types of bronchiectasis. If you are born with this disease, it is known as congenital bronchiectasis. If you acquire this disease later on in life, it is referred to as acquired bronchiectasis. Acquired bronchiectasis usually develops as the result of another medical ailment.  Acquired bronchiectasis usually takes place in older children and adults. It is more common that the congenital form of this disease. Acquired bronchiectasis develops because of recurrent inflammation or infection of your bronchial tubes. In many instances, acquired bronchiectasis begins in childhood as a complication of infection or inhaling a foreign object. Somewhere around 50% of all of the cases of acquired bronchiectasis in the United States are the result of cystic fibrosis. There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of having acquired bronchiectasis. Some of these include: ?  Recurrent, severe lung infections, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and fungal infections ?  Obstruction of your bronchial tubes that results from a foreign body ?  Abnormal lung defenses ?  Obstruction of your bronchial tubes that is brought about by a tumor. The signs and symptoms that are brought about by acquired bronchiectasis often begin gradually. They may start months or even years after what led to the disease. Some of the signs and symptoms are: ?  A chronic cough that contains large quantities of foul-smelling sputum ?  Coughing up blood ?  Bad breath odor ?  Clubbing of your fingers ?  A bluish skin color ?  Wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound that is made while you are breathing) ?  A cough that gets worse when you are lying down on one side ?  Weight loss that is not intentional ?  Shortness of breath that gets worse when you exercise ?  Chronic fatigue ?  Paleness of your appearance. Your doctor will probably ask you to describe your signs and symptoms, do a physical exam and want to know your medical history in order to diagnose your acquired bronchiectasis. Your doctor will also likely want you to have some diagnostic tests and procedures to rule out other causes of your signs and symptoms, see how damaged your airways are and to identify the underlying cause of your acquired bronchiectasis. Some of these may include: ?  Chest X-ray ?  Lung function tests ?  Blood tests ?  Chest CT scan (computerized tomography). Are you incapacitated and not able to work as a result of disability that has developed from acquired bronchiectasis and/or complications resulting from this disease. If this is true, do you need financial assistance. Have you applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration? Has the Social Security Administration denied your application? If you plan on reapplying or appealing your denial, is the right place to be. The disability lawyer at knows how to work with the Social Security Administration. Do not put this off. Call, today.
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