Carol Smith Hammond, PhD

CVS PHARMACY 6104

1257 STATE ROUTE 28

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Answers to readers’ questions on aspiration as a cause of cough

July 01, 2008

Cough can be a sign of aspiration in patients with dysphagia. Therefore, in evaluating patients with cough, the history should include a search for conditions associated with increased risk of impaired swallowing. These include conditions that require oropharyngeal suctioning, acute and degenerative neurological diseases (such as stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS], and head trauma), cervical or brain surgery, head and neck cancer, and use of sedatives.1