Impaired urge-to-cough in elderly patients with aspiration pneumonia

  title={Impaired urge-to-cough in elderly patients with aspiration pneumonia},
  author={Shinsuke Yamanda and Satoru Ebihara and Takae Ebihara and Miyako Yamasaki and Takaaki Asamura and Masanori Asada and Kaori Une and Hiroyuki Arai},
  journal={Cough (London, England)},
  pages={11 - 11}
BACKGROUND The down-regulation of the cough reflex in patients with aspiration pneumonia can involve both cortical facilitatory pathways for cough and medullary reflex pathways. In order to study the possible involvement of the supramedullary system in the down-regulation of cough reflex, we evaluated the urge-to-cough in patients with aspiration pneumonia. METHODS Cough reflex sensitivity and the urge-to-cough to inhaled citric acid were evaluated in patients with at least a history of… CONTINUE READING

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