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Original Research: COUGH |

Evaluation of Chronic Cough in Children

Suna Asilsoy, MD; Erhan Bayram, MD; Hasan Agin, MD; Hursit Apa, MD; Demet Can, MD; Saniye Gulle, MD; Serdar Altinoz, MD
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*From the Department of Pediatric Allergy, Dr. Behcet Uz Child Disease and Surgery Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey.

Correspondence to: Suna Asilsoy, Dr. Behcet Uz Research and Training Hospital, 1869 S No. 51 K3 D5 Karsäyaka, Izmir 35530, Turkey; e-mail: sunaasilsoy@hotmail.com


The authors have reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).

For editorial comment see page 1111


Chest. 2008;134(6):1122-1128. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0885
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Chronic cough in children is among the problems that lead to frequent consultations with a doctor. In this study, we attempted to research the reasons for chronic cough by an evaluation method using the guidelines that were suggested for children by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) in 2006. We studied 108 children between 6 and 14 years of age who had a cough that lasted for > 4 weeks. The patients were reevaluated during the second to fourth weeks, and until either the cough terminated or resolved. Twenty-five percent of the patients received diagnoses of asthma and asthma-like symptoms, 23.4% received diagnoses of protracted bronchitis, 20.3% received diagnoses of upper airway cough syndrome (UACS), and 4.6% received diagnoses of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Asthma and asthma-like symptoms, protracted bronchitis, and UACS were detected in order of frequency as the reason for chronic cough in children. We concluded that the 2006 ACCP guidelines for the management of chronic cough in children are effective and can be successfully utilized in a nonaffluent study setting.

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