Journal article

Bronchiectasis in Central Australia: A young face to an old disease

Daniel P Steinfort, Stephen Brady, Harrison S Weisinger, Lloyd Einsiedel

Respiratory Medicine | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis remains a significant cause of morbidity among specific populations world wide, including many indigenous groups. Data on prevalence in Australian adults are lacking. Indigenous children in Central Australia have the highest rates of bronchiectasis in the world. Outcomes for these individuals after they become adults are not currently available. METHODS: We performed a retrospective case review of the presentation and likely aetiology of adult patients presenting to the Alice Springs Hospital with a primary diagnosis of bronchiectasis. RESULTS: Sixty-one patients and 166 admissions were identified. Fifty-nine patients were indigenous (97%). Mean age was 42+/-15 yea..

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