Chronic cough

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A 63-year-old woman presents with a 1-year history of a chronic dry cough, associated with a sensation of “irritation” in the throat. Prolonged bouts of coughing are associated with stress urinary incontinence and occasionally end with retching and vomiting. The cough is triggered by changes in temperature, strong smells (e.g., the smell of cleaning products), laughing, and prolonged talking. She has no notable medical history, reports being otherwise well, and does not smoke. She has been prescribed a bronchodilator and inhaled and nasal glucocorticoids, but has had no benefit from any of these. The results of a physical examination, chest radiography, and spirometry are normal. How would you further evaluate and manage this condition?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1544-1551
Number of pages8
JournalNew England Journal Of Medicine
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2016