Cervical Spine fusion may cause chronic cough?

Patient

Q: My mom has a chronic debilitating cough. She has seen a pulmonologist and an allergist. They have not found a cause. Currently she is seeing an ENT doctor. we are awaiting results from an MRI. She has had 2 surgeries on her throat in her 65 years: one when she was 20, a thyroidectomy and one within the last ten years: a cervical spine fusion and she says she has a plate in her throat. My question is: Could this plate be dislodged and could that be causing her horrible cough? The doctors also won't give her anything to relieve the cough.

Doctor

A:   I strongly recommend a reevaluation by the orthopedic surgeon that performed the cervical fusion in order to determine for sure if the material is loosen and causing problems at this time, the only way to address properly the situation is with imaging studies.

Related Q&A

Q: Hi, I have a skin rash/hives on my scalp, the back of my neck and ocassionally on the middle of my back since one an...

Q: I used the neti pot with batteries (force) for my nasal, it went straight up and came out the other side. But now I f...

Q: Had sore inside of nose, whenever scab would be removed it would bleed something terrible. I was at the dr. for anoth...

Q: I ordered a sofa off of the internet and i wouldnt receive it until February so I rented a couch from Rentacenter abo...

Q: I get nauseous if I have fluid/food in my stomach (or if bowels not empty) ... but only when I bend over/lift/move st...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews