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© Oxford University Press, 2012. All rights reserved. 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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591763.003.0015

Type

Chapter

Book title

Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Publication Date

24/05/2012