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Airway mucus plugs can lead to poorly controlled asthma

Updated: May 23

A 60 year-old-female with bronchial asthma, presented with breathing difficulty and cough.

Chest auscultation revealed B/L wheeze and decreased breath sounds in the right lower interscapular and infrascapular areas. Her chest radiograph showed a right lower lobe collapse. CT chest confirmed the presence of collapse. Bronchoscopy showed a mucus plug in the right lower lobe bronchus causing complete obstruction of the airway and leading to lung collapse. After clearing the mucus plugs, her symptoms improved.

Dr. Sateesh Chandra Alavala MD,DM

Dr. Sushmitha Jakka MD,DM

Interventional Pulmonology center

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