Refractory chronic cough: new perspectives in diagnosis and treatment

Arch Bronconeumol. 2013 Apr;49(4):151-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arbres.2012.09.009. Epub 2012 Nov 17.
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In patients with chronic cough, nearly 40% of the population does not experience definitive improvement of their cough despite correctly applying the anatomic diagnosis. In many of these patients with refractory cough, laryngeal symptoms are frequent. The region of the larynx/pharynx is configured as a bridge between the esophagus and the upper and lower respiratory tract. The association of reflux in patients with chronic cough and symptoms such as globus pharyngis, itchiness or the need to clear one's throat have recently been given attention due to the possibility of joint therapeutic intervention of the gastroesophageal reflux and larynx, both with new medications as well as with laryngeal rehabilitation therapies, with observed benefits in the disappearance of chronic cough in cases that had been previously labeled as refractory.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Cough / diagnosis*
  • Cough / etiology
  • Cough / therapy*
  • Humans