Anti-inflammatory therapies in bronchiectasis

D Smith, Anne Chang, S Bell

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Although the use of anti-inflammatory therapies in bronchiectasis remains an attractive proposition, there is currently insufficient evidence to support the use of inhaled and oralcorticosteroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and macrolides. Individual patient trials may be warranted for inhaled corticosteroids and macrolides. It is hoped that recentlycompleted and ongoing randomised control trials of macrolides will better define the use and safety in bronchiectasis. There remains an urgent need to perform adequately poweredmulticentre trials of other potentially useful therapies.
It is anticipated that specialised bronchiectasis clinics will provide greater opportunities to study disease epidemiology and pathogenesis and allow better definition of study populationfor inclusion within future trials. There is a need for a more defined study population and a widely accepted definition of a pulmonary exacerbation in bronchiectasis which may beapplied uniformly across studies to allow direct comparison of study outcomes. Finally, care should be taken to ensure adequate follow-up to detect potential adverse effects of newtherapies, particularly on microbial resistance patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBronchiectasis
EditorsR. A. Floto, C. S. Haworth
Place of Publicationonline
PublisherEuropean Respiratory Society
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84984-012-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-84984-01
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameEuropean Respiratory Society Monographs


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