Physiology and pathophysiology of cough

Ian D. Pavord

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Physiology and pathophysiology of cough

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All pulmonary and many non-pulmonary conditions can present with a cough. Most will be evident after a simple clinical assessment that includes a history, physical examination, a chest radiograph, and a spirogram. A cough that remains unexplained after such an assessment is a common reason for referral to secondary care. Potential causes include asthma, eosinophilic bronchitis, rhinitis and gastro-oesophageal reflux. This chapter discusses the cough reflex, clinical aspects of chronic cough, treatment of chronic cough, cough in malignancy and palliative care, and cough in children.

Keywords: coughing; chronic cough; cough reflex; clinical assessment

Chapter.  7086 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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