Forty one (1%) of 4000 children referred for respiratory disease had chronic suppurative lung disease not due to cystic fibrosis. Further investigations showed congenital malformations in six (15%), primary ciliary dyskinesia syndrome in seven (17%), 11 had immunological abnormalities (27%), and two bronchiectasis due to aspiration (5%). Therefore the underlying cause for the disease was found in 63%. Identification of predisposing causes may facilitate prevention of further bronchial damage.
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