Bronchiectasis in children: orphan disease or persistent problem?

  title={Bronchiectasis in children: orphan disease or persistent problem?},
  author={Charles W. Callahan and Gregory J. Redding},
  journal={Pediatric pulmonology},
  volume={33 6},
More than a decade ago, bronchiectasis unrelated to cystic fibrosis was termed an "orphan disease", because it had become an uncommon clinical entity among children in the developed world. Bronchiectasis is more common among children in lower socioeconomic classes and in developing countries, presumably due to more frequent and recurrent respiratory infections, environmental airway irritants, poor immunization rates, and malnutrition. Reports from the Southern Pacific and from Alaska Native… CONTINUE READING