Before We Get Started: What Is a Cough?

@article{Fontana2007BeforeWG,
  title={Before We Get Started: What Is a Cough?},
  author={Giovanni A. Fontana},
  journal={Lung},
  year={2007},
  volume={186},
  pages={3-6}
}
Cough is an airway defensive reflex consisting of an inspiratory phase followed by a forced expiratory effort initially against a closed glottis, followed by active glottal opening and rapid expiratory flow. The expiration reflex (ER) differentiates from cough for the lack of a preparatory inspiration. The reflexes subserve different functions: cough will clear the lower airways from debris and mucus, while the expiration reflex will prevent aspiration. Clinically, a cough epoch is a sequence… CONTINUE READING

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