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Have had persistent cough with lots of mucous for past two

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Have had persistent cough with lots of mucous for past two mts. Coughing so much that it causes headaches. Saw GP today and he want x ray of lungs saying mid section of right lung not functioning properly. What are the possible causes of this ?
JA: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?
Customer: Only when coughing. No nausea. Persistent throat irritation and mucous which wont clear following a mild cold
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: Had ct scan a year ago which show'd small nodule in lower right lung. Follow up ct scan indicated no problems or follow up necessary
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 7 months ago.

Hello and thank you for the question.
I am Dr. Sohaib, a practicing Board Certified Consultant with over 15 years of experience and I will do my best to help you today.
Let me review your question for a minute and I will get back to you.

Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 7 months ago.

Do you smoke currently or have you smoked in the past?

Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 7 months ago.

There is a high possibility of Bronchiectasis, which is a condition in which there is abnormal dilatation and destruction of airways in the lungs which leads to daily production of phlegm and cough.

There are many reasons for this, including some genetic syndromes, repeated chest infections, poor immunity or certain other immune disorders. Sometimes, no exact cause is identified.

At this stage you need a MDCT (Multidetector Helical CT) of the chest. Chest X-ray can give suspicious findings, but its not diagnostic for this condition.

You can discuss this with your treating physician and either ask about idea of proceeding with MDCT or get referral to a Pulmonologist.

Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 7 months ago.

This can be treated; and there are a number of interventions available in terms of medications and surgical options, your pulmonologist can decide.

Expert:  Dr. Sohaib replied 7 months ago.

Good luck and my sincere wishes for your good health.

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