Conclusion


Cough is a physiologic mechanism for clearing the airways, and is the most common chief complaint among persons presenting to health-care providers in the United States. The efficacy of cough depends on its etiology and the biophysical mechanics of the patient, including respiratory muscle strength, ciliary mobility, bronchial compliance, and mucus rheology.

 In children, as in adults, cough may be a warning sign of disease, and many coughs have characteristic sounds and presentations that can guide clinicians to an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.


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Brian Wingrove, PA-C practices with Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates in Atlanta and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.



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