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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Physiology and pathophysiology of cough

Physiology and pathophysiology of cough

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(p.341) Chapter 21 Physiology and pathophysiology of cough
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0021

This chapter examines the physiology and pathophysiology of cough. It explains that cough is an essential variable reflex that protects the respiratory tract and which involves many muscle groups to produce a major expulsive effort. The chapter analyses the afferent limb of the cough reflex covering the laryngeal, tracheobronchial, and other sites from which the reflex may be elicited and discusses the role of neuropeptides as sensory neurotransmitters.

Keywords:   cough, variable reflex, respiratory tract, afferent limb, neuropeptides, sensory neurotransmitters

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