1. Physiology of the Cough Reflex: Sensory and Mechanical Features
2. Sensory Pathways and Neural Modulation of Cough
3. Brainstem Structures Involved in the Generation of Reflex Cough
4. The Cough Motor Pattern
5. Acute and Chronic Cough
6. Chronic Cough and Upper Airway Syndrome
7. Chronic Cough During Bronchial Asthma
8. Chronic Cough During Gastro-oesophageal Reflux
9. Clinical Methods for the Study of Cough
10. Diagnostic Approach in Adult Patients with Chronic Cough
11. Age-Related Remodeling in Cough: What May Stand Behind
12. Pharmacological Therapy of Acute and Chronic Cough
13. Emerging Drugs for Chronic Cough
This book provides an updated and comprehensive overview of cough, while opening new perspectives for their treatment and management. It enables readers to not only discover new physiologic features and mechanisms but also to gain an in-depth understanding of the diagnostic workup of cough, still one of the most frequent and challenging symptoms in daily medical practice.
The book also provides insights into cough’s features and pathogenesis, as well as into pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments. The most frequent causes of chronic cough (asthma, postnasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux and chronic hypersensitivity syndrome) and different types of pediatric cough are also explored.
Coughing is a common symptom, occurring in many clinical settings, and as such the book appeals a broad readership, including pulmonologists specialized in cough, general practitioners, internists, pediatricians and otorhinolaryngologists.
• Offers an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of coughing
• Includes useful algorithms and suggestions for cough management
• Explains the pharmacology and efficacy of cough drugs