Is there a role for bronchoscopy in the workup of cough?
June 01, 2008
• The evaluation of cough remains an important clinical problem for primary care physicians and pulmonologists alike. In the past 5 years, the American College of Chest Physicians,1 the British Thoracic Society,2 and the European Respiratory Society3 have published comprehensive guidelines to assist in standardizing the approach to cough evaluation. While determining the cause of cough can be vexing initially, prospective studies have shown that the cause can be established in more than 90% of patients.