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Comments, Opinions, and Brief Case Reports
January 28, 2002

Smoking, Cough, and Polyuria

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(2):223-224. doi:

A 21-year-old female smoker of 1 pack of cigarettes per day for 7 years reported to her family physician a history of chronic dry cough of 5 years' duration and progressive dyspnea during the previous few months. In accordance with the advice of her physician, she quit smoking and also quit her job as a waitress in a bar, where she was exposed to massive amounts of cigarette smoke. In the following months there was minimal improvement in her respiratory complaints, but she developed polydipsia (drinking 16 L of water per day), polyuria, and nocturia (urinating 4-6 times per night). She was admitted to our hospital for further evaluation.

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