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Have sickle cell anemia. Why do I have bad cough? Is it a problem with lungs?

Hi Doc, My son just turned 3. At birth i found out that he had sickle cell anemia . Since then he has been hospitalized twice. The last time been June 2012 for 1 month. The problem that i m faced with is a cough that dose nt seem to be going anywhere. It will subside for sometime but anytime he gets sick he starts with a constant cough. When this happens it traumatizes me. Could it be that theres a problem with his lungs?
Asked On : Thu, 27 Sep 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.
Frequent and prolonged cough may be due to allergy, asthma, or lower respiratory tract infections.
X ray chest will rule out any underlying lung problem.
His lungs has to be examined by the doctor to look for wheezing and lower respiratory tract infection.
Investigations like x ray, ESR, absolute eosinophil count to be done to rule out underlying problems.
Consult the Pediatrician for examination and evaluation.
Hope I have answered your question.
Answered: Fri, 27 Sep 2013
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Diabetologist Dr. Basheer Ahamed's  Response

Patients with Sickle cell anemia are prone to infection then a normal child.
recurrent Respiratory tract infection may cause inflammation of the airway and cause chronic cough.
Your son may need a chest evaluation with X ray/CT chest.
Consult your doctor.
Answered: Fri, 27 Sep 2013
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