Cough Mystery: Can You Solve It?

Think Like a Doctor: A Cough That Won’t Stop,” by Lisa Sanders, M.D. in the NY Times Magazine presents an unsolved cough mystery.  In the first of a 2-part series, Dr. Sanders presents the case, and then reveals the diagnosis the following week.  See if you can guess the diagnosis correctly after you read this case study.

The patient presented in this case study is typical of the cough patient that Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough diagnose and treat. 

This patient suffered with a persistent and annoying cough for 18 months before doctors identified the cause.  Like most Center for Cough patients, this 43-year-old man had seen many doctors for his cough and had been told it was nothing to worry about.  Then, he began coughing-up blood.

If you or someone you care about has a cough that just won’t go away, contact Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough right away.  Do not ignore an unexplained cough – it may be an indication of an underlying serious medical problem.  

Each cough patient has a different story.  Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough use advanced diagnostic techniques to identify the cause of your cough and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan that’s right for you.

The solution to this cough mystery will appear in Center for Cough’s blog next week.