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Prolonged cough with phelgm, occasional headache. How to cure? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 01-Jul-2013
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Doctor:Good morning
User:Hi Doc, My sister aged 25 Yrs is suffering from acute cough at nights since 1 month
Doctor:Oh, that is not a good sign
User:The cough comes in the night only
Doctor:Has she lost weight recently?
User:Not much
Doctor:How is her general health otherwise?
User:she suffers from headace sometimes
Doctor:Does she have fever too along with cough?
Doctor:How is the cough - is it dry or associated with phlegm or mucus?
User:Yes it is with phlegm
Doctor:Have you gotten her investigated for Tuberculosis?
User:No, do you suggest that we should go to TB check?
Doctor:Yes, for sure
Doctor:It is important to get a TB work up done for your sister
Doctor:A sputum examination on 3 days would be done
Doctor:Also a chest x-ray
Doctor:With this we should be able to rule out or diagnose TB
User:ok fine
Doctor:If I was her doctor, I would do these tests first along with Mantoux test
User:ok fine
Doctor:Is that all for now?
User:Yes doc
User:thanks for your suggestion
Doctor:Thank you too
Doctor:Good day ahead
Doctor:Bye for now
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