Chronic cough in the elderly

Woo Jung Song, Ha Kyeong Won, Jin An, Sung Yoon Kang, Eun Jung Jo, Yoon Seok Chang, Byung Jae Lee, Sang Heon Cho

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Abstract

Chronic cough is a multi-factorial syndrome commonly presenting as cough hypersensitivity in adult patients. It is a common medical condition in the communities but is more prevalent in older adults. Elderly patients (≥65 years) frequently suffer from multiple comorbidities, which may lead to more clinical heterogeneity in chronic cough and pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Hyposensitivity in cough reflex, probably resulting from central nervous system illnesses, is another potential concern. Despite these complexities and challenges, elderly-specific issues have rarely been addressed in current clinical practice guidelines for chronic cough. Considering recent trends in global population aging, the burden of elderly chronic cough is expected to increase into the near future. This review aimed to respond to following clinical questions: (1) is chronic cough a more heterogeneous condition in the elderly compared to younger adults; and (2) are there additional considerations when choosing the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to this condition in the elderly?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalPulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Volume56
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Keywords

  • Aging
  • Comorbidity
  • Cough
  • Cough hypersensitivity
  • Elderly

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Song, Woo Jung ; Won, Ha Kyeong ; An, Jin ; Kang, Sung Yoon ; Jo, Eun Jung ; Chang, Yoon Seok ; Lee, Byung Jae ; Cho, Sang Heon. / Chronic cough in the elderly. In: Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2019 ; Vol. 56. pp. 63-68.
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In: Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Vol. 56, 01.06.2019, p. 63-68.

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