Idiopathic cough, prevalence and underlying mechanisms

L. P A McGarvey, A. J. Ing

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A number of authors have reported a significant percentage of patients whose cause of cough remains undetermined despite a systematic evaluation as recommended in a number of International Guidelines. This subset of patients, which may be regarded as having an idiopathic cough, are often female and of peri or postmenopausal age. Sex hormones may influence the cough reflex in disease or contribute to the chronic lymphocytic airway inflammation seen in some cases and to the association with organ specific autoimmune disease reported. This paper seeks to investigate some of the possible causes of idiopathic cough.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-439
Number of pages5
JournalPulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number6 SPEC.ISS.
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Cough
  • Gender
  • Idiopathic


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