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Lung diseases

Coughing after surgery

01/04/2010

Question:

I was diagnosed with a carsinoid cancer and had upper lobe removed. I have had a consistant cough for two years with no relief since my surgery. My doctors have scoped me with no negative results and I have lived on all types of medicine during this guessing game of "What`s wrong". My doctor is suggesting now a cough specialist. Would love any input!

Answer:

Chronic cough can rarely occur after pulmonary surgery. It typically resolves. But, as you know, it occasionally can persist. It is then appropriate to make sure no "anatomic" explanation is present. This is achieved by bronchoscopy and CT scan. If these are unrevealing, and medications are not helpful, then consultation with a cough specialist (often a pulmonologist with particular expertise in cough) is indicated.

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Response by:

Michael F Reed, MD Michael F Reed, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati