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Bronchoscopy showing pill fragments (arrow) with intense inflammatory granulation response with bronchial stenosis.

Unusual Cause of Persistent Cough: ‘Pill Aspiration’

A 57-year-old woman with carcinoid syndrome was referred to the pulmonary clinic by her primary care physician (PCP) for persistent cough for the past 6 weeks. She was evaluated by her PCP approximately 6 weeks earlier for cough, which the patient thought started after she had aspirated one of her medications. Results from initial clinical […]

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Cough Syncope

Although cough is a common clinical symptom, the vasomotor effects on the heart and systemic circulation are often underappreciated. A healthy 42-year-old man without significant medical history presented with repetitive episodes of syncope during coughing. His examination, electrocardiogram, laboratory studies, and echocardiography results were normal, and carotid massage did not provoke any adverse response. During […]

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Foreign Body in External Ear Canal: An Unusual Cause of Chronic Cough

Many cases of earwax impaction (or foreign body presence) and the relationship to chronic cough may go unrecognized. The routine incorporation of examination of the external auditory canal in patients with chronic cough may reveal a number of patients with impacted earwax.1 The literature suggests that 2% to 6% of the general population have impacted earwax.1 Patients […]

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Chest x-ray image at the time of presentation to the hospital (A) and after corticosteroid therapy (C). Chest computed tomography scan at the time of presentation to the hospital (B). Representative image of cytologic findings of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (D) (hematoxylin–eosin ×400).

Menthol-Flavored Cigarettes: Potentially a Strong Trigger of Acute Eosinophilic Pneumonia

Menthol-flavored cigarettes recently have received significant attention. Lower quit rates and higher relapse rates of smoking in people who smoke menthol-flavored cigarettes have been demonstrated.1 Additional disadvantages of menthol cigarettes also might exist. We present a lesson learned from a case we experienced: Menthol cigarette smoking might be a stronger trigger of acute eosinophilic pneumonia compared […]

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(A) Aphthous ulcer of the uvula (arrow). (B) Healed uvula.

The Wrong Toothpaste and the Painful Burp

  Recurrent aphthous stomatitis is usually confined to the buccal mucosa, lips, and tongue. Rarely, the uvula may be involved. Although the disease is considered idiopathic, recurrences may be associated with the use of sodium lauryl sulfate-containing oral hygiene products. Objective To report a case of an aphthous ulcer located on the uvula, with an […]

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