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Ann Thorac Med. 2017 Jul-Sep;12(3):135-161. doi: 10.4103/atm.ATM_171_17.

The Saudi Thoracic Society guidelines for diagnosis and management of noncystic fibrosis bronchiectasis.

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1
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Division, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
2
College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
3
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Division, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
4
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Division, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
5
King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Intensive Care Department, Riyadh Care Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
7
College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Respiratory Unit, Department of Medicine, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease Division, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
9
College of Medicine, King Saud University, King Khalid University Hospital, Pediatric Pulmonology Division, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
10
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Respiratory Therapy Services, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
11
Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine. University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE.
12
International Reviewer, Children's Centre of Health Research Queensland University of Technology, Queensland.
13
International Reviewer, Brisbane and Child Health Division, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia.
14
International Reviewer, Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, University of MilanInternal Medicine Department, Respiratory Unit and Cystic Fibrosis Adult Center. Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Via Francesco Sforza 35, 20122, Milan, Italy.

Abstract

This is the first guideline developed by the Saudi Thoracic Society for the diagnosis and management of noncystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. Local experts including pulmonologists, infectious disease specialists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists, and others from adult and pediatric departments provided the best practice evidence recommendations based on the available international and local literature. The main objective of this guideline is to utilize the current published evidence to develop recommendations about management of bronchiectasis suitable to our local health-care system and available resources. We aim to provide clinicians with tools to standardize the diagnosis and management of bronchiectasis. This guideline targets primary care physicians, family medicine practitioners, practicing internists and respiratory physicians, and all other health-care providers involved in the care of the patients with bronchiectasis.

KEYWORDS:

Bronchiectasis; Saudi; cystic fibrosis

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