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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Symptoms of fibrosis

06/02/2008

Question:

sometimes when my husband eats he get a feeling of something stuck in his throat and he tries to clear his throat and cough up whatever is in there and most of the time its phlem.

Answer:

Cough can be a symptom of pulmonary fibrosis. However, cough can be a symptom of many other lung diseases as well. Cough after eating can sometimes be a symptom of aspiration (food or liquids going into the lung). This is often evaluated by a swallow evaluation, generally by a speech therapist.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University