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Arch Pediatr. 2001 Aug;8 Suppl 3:623-628.

[Chronic cough, asthma and allergy].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Unité de pneumo-allergologie pédiatrique, département de pédiatrie, hôpital Charles-Nicolle, CHU Rouen, 76031 Rouen, France.


The medical approach of chronic cough suffers from the lack of a standardised definition. The most frequently encountered criterion is a recurrent cough observed during several consecutive months, each episode lasting at least 1 week. The link between recurrent cough and asthma is still discussed. Cough-related asthma diagnosis is facilitated when wheezing is clearly confirmed, or may be reminded by a nonproductive middle night cough, or an exercise-triggered cough, or the presence of personal or familial atopy. Conversely, an early morning and productive cough associated with tobacco exposure do not suggest asthma.

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