a1 Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
a2 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
Background and methods: Chronic cough is defined as a cough persisting for more than eight weeks. This condition generates significant healthcare and economic costs. It is associated with a spectrum of disorders across multiple medical specialties and can provide significant challenges for effective evaluation and management. The current literature was reviewed to gain further insight into chronic cough, including its relationship with sinonasal disease.
Results: Within the reviewed literature, there was strong emphasis on post-nasal drip syndrome as a major causative factor.
Conclusion: Cough is the most common complaint for which adult patients seek medical consultation in primary care settings. Chronic cough is associated with a deterioration in the quality of patients' lives. Thorough assessment of a patient with a chronic cough relies on a multidisciplinary approach.
(Accepted August 10 2011)
(Online publication January 31 2012)
c1 Address for correspondence: Mr R S Natt, Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 7AL, UK E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr R S Natt takes responsibility for the integrity of the content of the paper
Competing interests: None declared