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Health Woes Not Always to Blame for Chronic Cough
Date:4/18/2008

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The second paper focused on management of chronic cough. Much of the available evidence suggests that isolated chronic cough is usually caused by asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or upper airway conditions and can be cured by treating these conditions. But the authors questioned this belief.

"There is increasing recognition that satisfactory control of chronic cough is not achieved in a substantial number of patients seen in secondary care. Moreover, there is concern that perpetuation of the belief that chronic cough is solely due to the effects of comorbid conditions is inhibiting research into the pathophysiology of an abnormally heightened cough reflex, and jeopardizing development of improved treatments," they noted.

"Large-scale recognition is needed of the substantial numbers of patients whose chronic cough cannot be diagnosed or controlled with present investigation and treatment protocols," the two experts concluded. "Hence, we need more research and better treatments. Recognition of this large unmet need and the development of a number of well validated techniques to measure chronic cough can only help in this effort."

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The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about chronic cough.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, April 18, 2008


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