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Adv Respir Med. 2017;85(2):116-120. doi: 10.5603/ARM.2017.0018.

Speech therapy - a non-pharmacological method to manage difficult-to-treat chronic cough.

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Medical University of Warsaw, Poland.


Cough is the most common symptom of respiratory diseases. The results of management of chronic cough in adults are still unsatisfactory. Unexplained and difficult-to-treat chronic cough causes significant impairment in patients' quality of life. The results of recent studies suggest that speech therapy (speech language intervention) is one of the few methods which are usefull in management of persistent chronic cough. We present a case of a patient with chronic cough due to chronic nonallergic rhinitis and gastroesophageal reflux disease, who had been unsuccessfully treated for 18 years. In the patient speech therapy resulted in a significant decrease of cough severity and improvement of quality of life.


chronic cough; cough management; speech therapy

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