The difficult coughing child: prolonged acute cough in children

Michael D Shields, Surendran Thavagnanam

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Cough is one of the most common symptoms that patients bring to the attention of primary care clinicians. Cough can be designated as acute ( 8 weeks in duration). The use of the term 'prolonged acute cough' in a cough guideline allows a period of natural resolution to occur before further investigations are warranted. The common causes are in children with post viral or pertussis like illnesses causing the cough. Persistent bacterial bronchitis typically occurs when an initial dry acute cough due to a viral infection becomes a prolonged wet cough remaining long after the febrile illness has resolved. This cough responds to a completed course of appropriate antibiotics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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