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Clinical Note
May 2001

Chronic Cough: An Unusual Cause, an Unusual Cure

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, St James's Hospital (Drs Thornton, Rowley, and Timon) and Department of Respiratory Medicine, Blackrock Clinic (Dr Cummiskey), Dublin, Ireland.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(5):586-587. doi:10.1001/archotol.127.5.586

A chronic cough, by definition, is a persistently troublesome cough that is present for a minimum of 3 weeks. It can be a cause of major functional limitation and medical debilitation, and because of this is the fifth most common reason for visits to the physician.1 Cough is the fifth most common symptom for which individuals seek medical attention. Tracheobronchomalacia is a known but rare cause of chronic cough in the adult population. We report an unusual case of bronchomalacia in a 77-year-old woman who presented with a chronic cough and its successful management using a nitinol stent.

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