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Posted on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: My wife has spells of coughing,lasting as much as 45 minutes. Only slight mucous production. Has been going on 6 months.

She had a negative CXR about 8 months ago.

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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 41 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Get done repeat chest x ray and PFT.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
By her history and description, we should definitely rule out
1. Lung infection
2. Bronchitis.
So get done repeat chest x ray and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).
Chest x ray is needed to rule out lung infection.
PFT is must for the diagnosis of bronchitis.
If chest x ray is abnormal then CT thorax is needed.
Please let me know
1. Was she a smoker?
2. Had she ever suffer from lung disease?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your wife. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 3 minutes later
I forgot to mention she is a non-smoker and is not exposed to any tobacco smoke.

No previous lung disease, not exposed to tobacco smoke,never smoked. Has hay fever allergies. Did you note she has had this problem for 6 months?What I was looking for was more of a differential diagnosis, Dr.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
I gave you most likely causes.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
I gave you more common causes for her symptoms.
Here is the list for differential diagnosis.
1. Chronic lung infection (tuberculosis)
2. Bronchitis
3. Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
4. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HSP)
5. Mediastinal Lymphadenopathy
6. Sarcoidosis
7. Lung cancer (rare).
Chest x ray, PFT and CT thorax are basic investigations for all these possible causes.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your wife. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 5 hours later
Thank you! That's what i wanted to know.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 32 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Please close the conversation and rate my answer.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
It's always encouraging for doctors to hear positive feedback from patients.
I am glad that my advice is helping you.
Hope I have solved your query.
If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar.
Wishing good health to your wife. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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