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Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0b013e3283658eca
LARYNGOLOGY AND BRONCHOESOPHAGOLOGY: Edited by Jacqui E. Allen

Chronic cough: an otorhinolaryngology perspective

Athanasiadis, Theodorea; Allen, Jacqui E.b

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Abstract

Purpose of review

Cough lasting more than 8 weeks is a common presenting complaint to the otolaryngologist. Historically, chronic cough has been attributed to post-nasal drip, laryngopharyngeal reflux and cough-variant asthma. This study reviews chronic cough from the viewpoint of an otolaryngologist.

Recent findings

More recent studies suggest the influence of laryngeal neuropathy and its interplay with laryngopharyngeal reflux. There is limited evidence for post-nasal drip or cough-variant asthma causing chronic cough.

Summary

In this study, we review the evidence for cause of chronic cough, as well as up to date techniques for the otolaryngologist, including transnasal esophagoscopy, to assess the patient in clinic allowing accurate diagnosis. Treatment options for the otolaryngologist are discussed and the role of multidisciplinary input emphasized.

© 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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