OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this report is to describe the case of a 43-year-old male with asthma who was hospitalized for an exacerbation of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (NCFB), a chronic lung disease that is characterized by dilation of the airways, persistent cough, chronic sputum production, and recurrent respiratory infections. He was treated with oral and inhaled antibiotics, inhaled bronchodilators, and aggressive airway-clearance techniques including nebulized 7% sodium chloride, flutter valve, and high-frequency chest wall oscillation. SETTINGS: Community pharmacy, nursing facility pharmacy, consultant pharmacy practice. PRACTICE CONSIDERATIONS: As the number of patients diagnosed with NCFB continues to increase, it is crucial to recognize that specific guidance for management of NCFB is warranted, as treatment responses differ from cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. CONCLUSION: It is important for pharmacists to understand the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for NCFB to better assist physicians and patients and improve therapeutic outcomes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmacology (medical)