SESSION TITLE: Cough
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
PURPOSE: Cough is the most common complaint for which individuals in the United States seek medical attention. The majority of the approximately 33 million annual cough-related visits to healthcare providers (Schappert SM and Burt CW, Vital Health Stat 13, 2006) are for evaluation of acute cough, defined as cough of <3 weeks’ duration (Irwin RS, et al, Chest, 2006). Although most episodes of cough due to acute viral upper respiratory tract infection (URI; common cold) are transient and self-limited (Dicpinigaitis PV, Br J Pharmacol, 2011), a significant proportion of patients suffer prolonged (subacute) cough, defined by a duration of 3-8 weeks (Irwin RS, et al, Chest, 2006). Subacute postviral cough is often refractory to standard treatment and presents a challenge to healthcare providers. The incidence of subacute cough following acute URI has not been well defined.