Journal article

Translating Cough Mechanisms Into Better Cough Suppressants

Jennifer A Keller, Alice E McGovern, Stuart B Mazzone

CHEST | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017

Abstract

Chronic cough is a significant problem, and in many patients cough remains refractive to both disease-specific therapies and current cough-suppressing medicines, creating a need for improved antitussive therapies. Most patients with chronic cough also display heightened sensitivity so that they experience a persistent sense of the need to cough, and often innocuous stimuli can trigger their coughing. This hypersensitivity underpins the newly described concept of cough hypersensitivity syndrome (CHS), a term that encapsulates the notion of common underlying mechanisms producing neuronal activation, sensitization and/or dysfunction, which are at the core of excessive coughing. Understanding th..

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