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Bronchiectasis Question

01/20/2011

Question:

Hello- I wrote in before with my symptoms of shortness of breath for 10 years and a crackle in my left lung when bending over and waking (lasts 30 seconds).

It was suggested I could have Bronchiectasis. (http://www.netwellness.org/question.cfm/80892.htm)  After doing a little research, I noticed this condition usually has a cough, which I do NOT have. Is it possible to have Bronchiectasis without a cough for this long?

Thank you so much for your help!

Answer:

Probably not, a cough is the primary symptom of bronchiectasis. 

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Response by:

Jeff E Weiland, MD Jeff E Weiland, MD
Associate Professor - Clinical
OSU Asthma Center
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University