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Persistent Cough: Differential Diagnosis

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Cough may be defined as a physiologic response to foreign or noxious substances that enter or irritate the respiratory tract. It is the fifth most common symptom complex for which patients seek medical care and which results in more than 30 million office visits per year. When cough is present for more than three weeks it is referred to as chronic or persistent cough. This presentation will examine the differential diagnosis of persistent cough together with a description of the autonomic innervation of the human airways, mechanism(s) of cough, and approach to the patient.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2000

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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