Journal Article

Lady Windermere Syndrome: Middle Lobe Bronchiectasis and <i>Mycobacterium avium</i> Complex Infection Due to Voluntary Cough Suppression

Samjot Singh Dhillon and Chatrchai Watanakunakorn

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 30, issue 3, pages 572-575
Published in print March 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313726
Lady Windermere Syndrome: Middle Lobe Bronchiectasis and Mycobacterium avium Complex Infection Due to Voluntary Cough Suppression

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An 81-year-old woman who presented with middle lobe bronchiectasis and Mycobacterium avium complex infection is described. She had a history of habitual suppression of cough, as in Lady Windermere syndrome. She was thin and had mild kyphoscoliosis but had no history of smoking or connective tissue disease. The middle lobe and lingula are predisposed to chronic inflammation because of their particular anatomic structures. Inability to clear the secretions from the airway due to voluntary cough suppression may predispose to bronchiectasis and M. avium complex infection.

Journal Article.  1366 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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