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A 40-year-old female asked:

I had emergency surgery 2day ago (was intubated) &overnight in hospital. i now have mild coughing fits &constant feeling i need to cough. no sob. i dont know if its from intubation or if coronavirus.feels likes cold. should i be tested?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Cough: This is probably coming from the trauma/irritation to your trachea from the intubation. COVID-19 should give you a fever, and SOB. If from the intubation, the cough should get better. If a fever develops, it could be related to the surgery, and not necessarily COVID-19. You should stay in touch with your doctor and health team. And you should be self-isolating anyway.
Dr. Leslie Wynne iii
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
As an anesthesiologist, I have some experience with this. Yes, post-op tracheal irritation due to placement of an endotracheal tube can occur and last for several days. (rarely more than 2-3 days.
Apr 2, 2020

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