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Differential diagnosis of chronic cough

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Coughing that lasts >3 weeks is generally considered chronic. The causes of chronic cough are many. Most often, chronic cough is due to postnasal drainage, asthma, and/or gastroesophageal disease. However, other causes such as laryngopharyngeal reflux, vocal cord dysfunction, occult sinusitis, pertussis, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor should be considered. Even rarer entities will be discussed as well as some of the pathophysiology associated with the cough reflex.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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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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