Airway inflammation and cough

December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004 Supplement, Vol. 59, p43
Academic Journal
The article presents some papers related to airway inflammation and cough in asthma. Cough is an important but little studied symptom in asthma. Cough scores, visual analogue scales, quality of life questionnaires and cough threshold tests have been used historically as surrogate markers of cough severity. On two occasions, 14 days apart, 19 stable, mild to moderate, non-smoking or ex-smoking asthmatics who reported cough as a prominent symptom. Subjects also completed subjective cough scores, visual analogue scales and the Leicester Cough Questionnaire. Cough rate was found to be non-normally distributed (positive skew). Intraclass correlation coefficients were performed on log- transformed cough rate data.


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