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Cough Due to Asthma, Cough-Variant Asthma and Non-Asthmatic Eosinophilic Bronchitis

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Dhan Desai, Chris Brightling
Among the most common causes of chronic cough are asthma (25%) and nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis (10%). In asthma, cough may present as an isolated symptom, in which case it is known as cough variant asthma. Variable airflow obstruction and airway hyper-responsiveness are cardinal features of asthma, which are absent in nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis. The presence of eosinophilic airway inflammation is a common feature of asthma and is a diagnostic criterion for nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis...
February 2010: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
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