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What causes wheezing when lying down in a patient with COPD?

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Posted on Fri, 29 May 2015
Question: New question l have copd and smoke. last few weeks when lying down been we wheezing and kind of gurgely. Taking albuterol sulfate doesn't seem to help. Could it be some other medical problem.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Get done chest x ray and PFT.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on HCM.
I can understand your situation and problem.
By your history and description, in my opinion you are having worsening of underlying COPD.
The most common cause for this is infection.
So better to consult pulmonologist and get done
1. Clinical examination of respiratory system
2. Chest x ray
3. PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).
Chest x ray is needed to rule out infection.
PFT is needed for the severity of COPD.
And treatment is based on severity, so you may need additional oral bronchodilators and antibiotics for relief.
So consult pulmonologist and discuss all these.
Hope I have solved your query.
I will be happy to help you further.
Wish you good health.
Thanks.
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What causes wheezing when lying down in a patient with COPD?

Brief Answer: Get done chest x ray and PFT. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on HCM. I can understand your situation and problem. By your history and description, in my opinion you are having worsening of underlying COPD. The most common cause for this is infection. So better to consult pulmonologist and get done 1. Clinical examination of respiratory system 2. Chest x ray 3. PFT (Pulmonary Function Test). Chest x ray is needed to rule out infection. PFT is needed for the severity of COPD. And treatment is based on severity, so you may need additional oral bronchodilators and antibiotics for relief. So consult pulmonologist and discuss all these. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.