What are the symptoms of bronchiectasis?

The most common symptoms are:

Chronic cough *

Sputum of various quantities

But some or all of the following symptoms may also be present

Recurring chest infections (exacerbations)


Chest pain

Shortness of breath/ wheeze

Lethargy and exercise limitation

Chronic sinus inflammation

Gastro-oesophageal reflux

(TSANZ Guidelines 2010, King et al 2006)

* Note: Cough can be caused by many factors including other respiratory and medical conditions, gastro-oesophageal reflux, post nasal drip and some cardiac medications