Don’t Ignore or Suppress Coughs

Persistent coughing for months or years is a symptom of bronchiectasis, a lung disease that is increasingly being detected in older adults.

A 78-year old woman, tall, thin, Caucasian, and reserved in manner goes to her doctor for an annual checkup. Her physician notices that she is frequently suppressing a cough. It turns out she’s been struggling with it for more than a year. Subsequent diagnosis showed she had Lady Windermere syndrome, a lung infection related to bronchiectasis […]

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