Home Health Lung cancer symptoms: The sign in your breathing that could signal the...

Lung cancer symptoms: The sign in your breathing that could signal the deadly condition

“It may start as low-pitched ‘croaking’ and progress to high-pitched ‘crowing’ on more vigorous respiration.

“It is usually heard on inspiration due to partial obstruction of the airway (usually extrathoracic – that is, in the trachea, larynx or pharynx).”

But it’s important to note stridor isn’t always a symptom of lung cancer.

Patient.info continues: “Stridor is common in younger children with smaller airways.

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“In children, acute stridor often accompanies upper respiratory tract infection.

“In children, chronic stridor usually occurs with congenital conditions.”

Stridor in adults is much less common.

It adds: “Chronic stridor in adults often indicates serious underlying pathology.”

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Not all symptom of lung cancer are found in the chest.

These are less common signs but can occur in other areas of the body:

  • Changes in the appearance of your fingers, such as becoming more curved or their ends becoming larger (this is known as finger clubbing)
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or pain when swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • A hoarse voice
  • Swelling of your face or neck
  • Persistent chest or shoulder pain
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