Does idiopathic cough exist?

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Abstract

Despite a meticulous protocol involving diagnostic testing and trials of empirical therapy, there may be no obvious cause for a chronic cough in up to 42% of cases referred for specialist evaluation. In some cases, failure to consider causes that include the asthma/eosinophilic airway syndromes such as eosinophilic bronchitis and atopic cough, or nonacid gastroesophageal reflux disease may explain diagnostic failure. However, a distinct group of patients may be considered to have true idiopathic cough. Current published evidence suggests a certain patient phenotype, namely, middle-aged females with prolonged nonproductive cough and cough reflex hypersensitivity. Almost nothing else is known about this clinical entity and currently no specific therapy exists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S78-81
JournalLung
Volume186 Suppl 1
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

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McGarvey, Lorcan P A. / Does idiopathic cough exist?. In: Lung. 2008 ; Vol. 186 Suppl 1, No. SUPPL. 1. pp. S78-81.
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