Journal article

Representation of capsaicin-evoked urge-to-cough in the human brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging

Stuart B Mazzone, Lisa McLennan, Alice E McGovern, Gary F Egan, Michael J Farrell

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE | AMER THORACIC SOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

RATIONALE: Coughing in humans is typically preceded by a desire (or urge) to cough. The neural circuitry involved in sensing airway irritation and generating the urge-to-cough in humans is essentially unknown. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to use functional brain imaging to describe the supramedullary regions that are activated in humans during capsaicin inhalation. METHODS: Experiments were performed on 10 healthy subjects (5 males, 5 females). Capsaicin doses were individually tailored to evoke a transient and reversible urge-to-cough. Blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance measures were collected during repeated 24-second challenges with capsaicin..

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