Physiology and pathophysiology of cough

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Physiology and pathophysiology of cough

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This chapter examines the physiology and pathophysiology of cough. It explains that cough is an essential variable reflex that protects the respiratory tract and which involves many muscle groups to produce a major expulsive effort. The chapter analyses the afferent limb of the cough reflex covering the laryngeal, tracheobronchial, and other sites from which the reflex may be elicited and discusses the role of neuropeptides as sensory neurotransmitters.

Keywords: cough; variable reflex; respiratory tract; afferent limb; neuropeptides; sensory neurotransmitters

Chapter.  9540 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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