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Back to Chest Symptoms

Chronic cough

The duration of cough exceeds 3 weeks (for acute cough click here)

Does it meet the criteria for COPD? 3 months for 2 yrs.

If not COPD then request a chest x-ray.

1.Chest x-ray shows an abnormality:

2. Chest x-ray doesn't show any abnormalities:

  • Examine patient for symptoms and signs of infection

    - History & physical indicate infection: consider bronchitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis.

    - History & physical do not indicate infection:

    • Request Pulmonary function tests (PFT)

    • PFT results are positive: possible results are obstructive pulmonary disease: asthma, airway compression

    • PFT results are negative: possible causes are chronic bronchitis, irritation, reflux and aspiration, postnasal cause, vagus stimulation, irritation of the  pleura / diaphragm, psychogenic

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