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A 37-year-old female asked:

i've lost 15 pounds since march, have a cough, excess phlegm in throat. i've had pelvic and and ult, chest x-ray, echo, blood work, ct of head.what now?

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Dr. Andris Radvany
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
What are the results: You don't say why you are losing weight. Are you eating less, nauseated, have heart burn, difficulty swallowing? Severe gastro-esophageal reflux (gerd) could cause a cough, strictures in the esophagus and a general state of malaise. If any of this strikes a cord, a visit to a gastroenterologist to have esophagogastroduodenoscopy (egd) done to take a look at the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Weight loss: Those tests are a good start at screening for causes of weight loss. Assuming blood tests have looked for thyroid disease, diabetes, liver and kidney diseases, it would be reasonable to obtain ct scans of the chest (due to your chronic cough), abdomen and pelvis. Additionally, if those tests are unremarkable upper endoscopy then colonoscopy could be considered.

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