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6year old son constant cough

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  • Posted By: dabbad123
  • April 14, 2008
  • 09:12 PM

My son has had a cough since October last year. After several courses of anti biotics and inhalers I finally changed Drs. The new dr sent him for xray which shows air on his left lung and poss scarring, requested CT scan suspicious Macloed syndrome. Been to see specialist today. Tested his breathing, that came back as 73 73 and 100% so nothing out of ordinary there. Dr listened to chest, still has rattle on left side. Dr mentioned that xray shows sons heart is positined more to centre of chest than left.
Dr asked if anyone had ever mentioned the boniness of my sons chest. I always thought it was just 'pigeon chest' but apparebtly not. This is sign of chest abnormalities. Dr wouldn't commit himself to say anything more so now got to wait for appointment for CT scan. Wait is already driving me crazy. Please help!

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  • Your son's coughing may well be due to the "pigeon chest" you describe. Both asthma and mitral valve prolapse can cause someone to cough, and both things are common with this. Try here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003321.htm
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you. Hopefully it will just be my paranoia and he is going to be fine. only one way to be certain so will have to wait for CT scan and results. Thanks again x
    dabbad123 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Any time. If your son turns out to have chest abnormalities, *run,* don't walk, to a geneticist!
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks again I'll be following your advice. Just one thing confusing me. If he has chest abnormalities why would I need a geneticist? Both my husband and I are very healthy and I have another 2 boys (8 and 10years old) who are fit and healthy. Waiting times are very long and I'd like to be prepared when we do go. Thanking you again for your help and advice x
    dabbad123 2 Replies Flag this Response
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