Bronchiectasis following total colectomy: Inhaled steroids effect on lung function and bronchial inflammation

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Inflammatory blowel disease (IBD) is a systemic disease that may involve the lung. Chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis are the most common respiratory diseases associated with IBD. Inhaled or systemic steroids lead to a significant clinical and functional improvement in IBD-related bronchiectasis. We present the case of a 33-year-old woman with severe ulcerative colitis who, following a total colectomy, developed bilateral bronchiectasis 1 week after surgery. Inhaled steroids treatment decreased the volume of expectorations and significantly improved bronchial obstruction. In spite of the relevent clinical and functional improvements obtained, no effect was observed on airway inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-136
Number of pages3
JournalRespiratory Medicine Extra
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005



  • Bronchial inflammation
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Colectomy
  • Ulcerative colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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