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© 2005 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Cough is one of the most common presenting symptoms to a general practitioner. Most cases are acute and self-limiting, although a significant minority with an isolated persistent cough are referred for a specialist opinion. The prevalence of chronic cough is variously estimated between 3% and 20% in the general population and is responsible for between 5% and 10% of respiratory outpatient referrals (1,2). These patients suffer considerable physical and psychological morbidity.

Type

Chapter

Book title

Acute and Chronic Cough

Publication Date

01/01/2005

Pages

389 - 399