IDIOPATHIC COUGH Chronic cough by definition is a cough that lasts eight weeks or longer in adults, or four weeks in children. Cause for cough could be determined successfully in up to 98% of cases and is mostly due to either cough variant asthma (CVA), rhinosinusitis associated with postnasal drip syndrome (PNDS) or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) There are many other common causes of chronic cough like Asthma, copd, ild, lung cancer, non resolving pneumonia, Bronchiectasis, pulmonary eosinophila, pl effusion, pneumoconisis, hypersensitive pneumonitis, cardiac involvement etc. But diagnosis is obvious in most cases. IDIOPATHIC COUGH In patients whom none of the usual explanations for cough may be present even after thorough diagnostic work up. Patients with unexplained chronic cough are predominantly female (77%) and are eight times more likely to have an organ-specific autoimmune disease, particularly hypo-thyroidism. Idiopathic cough is associated with air-way inflammation. The levels of several tussive media- tors, including cysteinyl-leukotrienes, histamine, prostaglandin D2 and E2, have been shown to be elevated in induced sputum in these patients Typically the female patients are of peri- or post menopausal age, report a preceding upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) and have a heightened cough reflex to tussive stimuli. TREATMENT Idiopathic cough should be treated with safer cough suppressants like dexromethorphan in higher doses (60 mg per day). It may need to be continued for a longer period. I hope this information will be HELPFUL to your clinical practice.



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