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Please help me understand my mother's lung illness

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  • Posted By: rickyk
  • May 5, 2008
  • 00:31 AM

Hi there. I'm posting on behalf of my mother, 67, who has developed a cough over the last three months that has gotten progressively worse. The cough starts with a crackling sound, and has become productive: she spits up clear sputum, often with bubbles in it.

A chest x-ray showed a mass in her right lung but the pulmonary doctor says he can't see it clearly because the lung is so inflamed. A bronchoscopy and CT-guided scan are the next steps, he says, but I'm very worried about her and could use any educated opinions from this board.

What seems unusual to both my mother and myself is that she does not have any chest pain and has not coughed up any blood. Her primary doctor suggested six weeks ago that she had pneumonia, and she did appear to have pneumonia-like symptoms but they have not gotten better with antibiotics and low-dosage prednisone.

Thanks for your time.

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  • Does she smoke or is she around cigarette smoke? Is she currently taking any medications? Does she have shortness of breath? History of asthma and or upper respiratory illness?DOM
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  • Hi DOM: Yes she smoked, stopping 20 years ago and hasn't been around smoke since. The only medication she has been on regularly is to lower her cholesterol (not sure the name). She does not have shortness of breath, though she gets winded if she walks more than 50 yards or so. And she has no asthma or history of respiratory illness. Thanks, Rick
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