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Volume 35, Issue 11
Publication date: May 1, 2015
Expiration date: May 1, 2018

Evaluation of Chronic Cough in Children
Gerald M. Loughlin, MD (Moderator)
Nancy C. Paduano Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical Center; Pediatrician-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health, New York, New York

Ran D. Anbar, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology; Director, Pediatric Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York

Ceila E. Loughlin, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology; Medical Director, North Carolina Children’s Allergy and Asthma Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Learning Objectives
After completing this activity, the physician should be better able to:
1. Establish a diagnosis of chronic cough.
2. Describe factors that may contribute to the chronicity of an acute cough.
3. Recognize that a chronic cough may be benign, self-limited, or indicate serious underlying pathology.
4. List the indications for a diagnostic workup including referral to a specialist.
5. Discuss the limitations and contraindications for the use of over-the-counter cough remedies.
6. Explain the link between chronic cough and conditions such as asthma, gastroesophageal reflux, retained foreign body, and environmental exposures.
7. Recognize the presence of a habit cough and understand when to initiate treatment.


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