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Old 05-12-2007, 04:34 PM   #1
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anyone with chronic cough after surgery?

Hi there. I had lung surgery about three months ago. I feel fully recovered, however had a dry cough for 9 weeks following disappeared for 3 weeks and now it's back (I have a cold). I am hoping it will be gone for good after my cold is gone. Has anyone else had lung surgery with a dry lingering cough as an end result? It's more annoying than anything else. My pulmonary doctor says all my xrays and CT scans look great and my pulmonary function test came back normal. I am a 27 year old female, no history of smoking and no cough prior to my surgery. Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-12-2007, 09:17 PM   #2
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Re: anyone with chronic cough after surgery?

I too have had many instances of a lingering cough after surgery. It would seem to me that the initial cough that lasted so long was related the anaesthetic/surgery and now the new cough is related to the cold. Considering your specialist says everything looks great and you are doing ok (apart from the cough) then I would be patient and wait for the cold to clear up and see what happens. Often when we have something invasive done to our body it takes a long time for things to return to normal and everything that would not normally upset our system( like a cold) seems to hit us worse.
Just hang in there and give it some more time but if there is no improvement in a couple of weeks or if the symptoms get worse then make sure you go back to the doctor.

Old 04-21-2008, 11:48 AM   #3
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Re: anyone with chronic cough after surgery?

Hi there,

My mother has the same coughing issue since her upper right lobectomy. It is a very dry cough and happens mostly when she tries to speak. Her surgery was 8 weeks ago. If she lays down, there is no coughing.

Her dr. put her on meds for acid reflux - but there seems to be no change.

For anyone out there who has had this - how long can she expect to have this cough?


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