Chronic Cough Related to Acute Viral Bronchiolitis in Children. CHEST Expert Panel Report

CHEST Expert Cough Panel

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Background: Acute bronchiolitis is common in young children, and some children develop chronic cough after their bronchiolitis. We thus undertook systematic reviews based on key questions (KQs) using the PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) format. The KQs were: Among children with chronic cough (> 4 weeks) after acute viral bronchiolitis, how effective are the following interventions in improving the resolution of cough?: (1) Antibiotics. If so what type and for how long? (2) Asthma medications (inhaled steroids, beta2 agonist, montelukast); and (3) Inhaled osmotic agents like hypertonic saline? 

Methods: We used the CHEST expert cough panel's protocol and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) methodological guidelines and GRADE framework. Data from the systematic reviews in conjunction with patients’ values and preferences and the clinical context were used to form these suggestions. Delphi methodology was used to obtain consensus. 

Results: Several studies and systematic reviews on the efficacy of the three types of interventions listed in the introduction were found but no data were relevant to our KQs. Thus, no recommendations on using the interventions above could be formulated. 

Conclusions: The panel made several consensus-based suggestions and identified directions for future studies to advance the field of managing chronic cough post-acute bronchiolitis in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-382
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Early online date25 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
FUNDING/SUPPORT: A. B. C. is supported by an NHMRC practitioner fellowship [Grant 1058213] and holds multiple grants awarded from the NHMRC related to diseases associated with pediatric cough and acute bronchiolitis. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the NHMRC.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 American College of Chest Physicians


  • cough
  • evidence-based medicine
  • guidelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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