Arnold's nerve cough reflex: evidence for chronic cough as a sensory vagal neuropathy.

@article{Ryan2014ArnoldsNC,
  title={Arnold's nerve cough reflex: evidence for chronic cough as a sensory vagal neuropathy.},
  author={Nicole M Ryan and Peter G Gibson and Surinder S. Birring},
  journal={Journal of thoracic disease},
  year={2014},
  volume={6 Suppl 7},
  pages={S748-52}
}
Arnold's nerve ear-cough reflex is recognised to occur uncommonly in patients with chronic cough. In these patients, mechanical stimulation of the external auditory meatus can activate the auricular branch of the vagus nerve (Arnold's nerve) and evoke reflex cough. This is an example of hypersensitivity of vagal afferent nerves, and there is now an increasing recognition that many cases of refractory or idiopathic cough may be due to a sensory neuropathy of the vagus nerve. We present two cases… CONTINUE READING
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