• look for and treat infection;
• use mechanical
methods to clear secretions, as you do; and
• be tested for immunodeficiency states, some of which are present at birth and others acquired only in adulthood.
The condition most frequently associated with bronchiectasis is cystic fibrosis (CF) and this diagnosis, although present at birth, is still too often not diagnosed until the 4th, 5th and even 6th decade of life.