Subtypes of codeine cough syrup abusers. (49/1515)

This paper highlights the abuse potential of the codeine containing cough syrups, which may take two forms. One, experimental abuse in school or college students which later persists in a dependent pattern. Two, pre-existing opioid abusers, as a substitute which starts after the school or college years. The short term treatment outcome is better in the former group in that they are able to maintain abstinence for a relatively longer period.  (+info)

Psychogenic cough--a case report. (50/1515)

A case study of a 12 year old child evidencing psychogenic cough is presented. The importance of behavioral and family factors in maintaining such cough and an integrated psycho-behavioral approach at management are described. A 1 year follow-up revealed a rapid and complete elimination of psychogenic cough and good adjustment.  (+info)

Cough threshold in reflux oesophagitis: influence of acid and of laryngeal and oesophageal damage. (51/1515)

BACKGROUND: Gastro-oesophageal reflux is often associated with cough. Patients with reflux show an enhanced tussive response to bronchial irritants, even in the absence of respiratory symptoms. AIM: To investigate the effect of mucosal damage (either oesophageal or laryngeal) and of oesophageal acid flooding on cough threshold in reflux patients. PATIENTS: We studied 21 patients with reflux oesophagitis and digestive symptoms. Respiratory diseases, smoking, and use of drugs influencing cough were considered exclusion criteria. METHODS: Patients underwent pH monitoring, manometry, digestive endoscopy, laryngoscopy, and methacholine challenge. We evaluated the cough response to inhaled capsaicin (expressed as PD5, the dose producing five coughs) before therapy, after five days of omeprazole therapy, and when oesophageal and laryngeal damage had healed. RESULTS: In all patients spirometry and methacholine challenge were normal. Thirteen patients had posterior laryngitis and eight complained of coughing. Twenty patients showed an enhanced cough response (basal PD5 0.92 (0.47) nM; mean (SEM)) which improved after five and 60 days (2.87 (0.82) and 5.88 (0.85) nM; p<0.0001). The severity of oesophagitis did not influence PD5 variation. On the contrary, the response to treatment was significantly different in patients with and without laryngitis (p = 0.038). In patients with no laryngitis, the cough threshold improved after five days with no further change thereafter. In patients with laryngitis, the cough threshold improved after five days and improved further after 60 days. Proximal and distal oesophageal acid exposure did not influence PD5. Heartburn disappeared during the first five days but the decrease in cough and throat clearing were slower. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with reflux oesophagitis have a decreased cough threshold. This is related to both laryngeal inflammation and acid flooding of the oesophagus but not to the severity of oesophagitis. Omeprazole improves not only respiratory and gastro-oesophageal symptoms but also the cough threshold.  (+info)

Functional connectivity among ventrolateral medullary respiratory neurones and responses during fictive cough in the cat. (52/1515)

This study tested predictions from a network model of ventrolateral medullary respiratory neurone interactions for the generation of the cough motor pattern observed in inspiratory and expiratory pump muscles. Data were from 34 mid-collicularly decerebrated, paralysed, artificially ventilated cats. Cough-like patterns (fictive cough) in efferent phrenic and lumbar nerve activities were elicited by mechanical stimulation of the intrathoracic trachea. Neurones in the ventral respiratory group, including the Botzinger and pre-Botzinger complexes, were monitored simultaneously with microelectrode arrays. Spike trains were analysed for evidence of functional connectivity and responses during fictive cough with cycle-triggered histograms, autocorrelograms, cross-correlograms, and spike-triggered averages of phrenic and recurrent laryngeal nerve activities. Significant cross-correlogram features were detected in 151 of 1988 pairs of respiratory modulated neurones. There were 59 central peaks, 5 central troughs, 11 offset peaks and 2 offset troughs among inspiratory neurone pairs. Among expiratory neurones there were 23 central peaks, 8 offset peaks and 4 offset troughs. Correlations between inspiratory and expiratory neurones included 20 central peaks, 10 central troughs and 9 offset troughs. Spike-triggered averages of phrenic motoneurone activity had 51 offset peaks and 5 offset troughs. The concurrent responses and multiple short time scale correlations support parallel and serial network interactions proposed in our model for the generation of the cough motor pattern in the respiratory pump muscles. Inferred associations included the following. (a) Excitation of augmenting inspiratory (I-Aug) neurones and phrenic motoneurones by I-Aug neurones. (b) Inhibition of augmenting expiratory (E-Aug) neurones by decrementing inspiratory (I-Dec) neurones. (c) Inhibition of I-Aug, I-Dec and E-Aug neurones by E-Dec neurones. (d) Inhibition of I-Aug and I-Dec neurones and phrenic motoneurones by E-Aug neurones. The data also confirm previous results and support hypotheses in current network models for the generation of the eupnoeic pattern.  (+info)

Bronchoalveolar lavage findings in patients with chronic nonproductive cough. (53/1515)

Mast cells and eosinophils may play a role in the pathophysiology of chronic cough in nonasthmatics. It is unknown, however, whether degranulation of these cells occurs in the airways of such patients. Thirty-five nonsmoking patients referred with a chronic nonproductive cough (mean cough duration 76.2 months) were evaluated using a comprehensive diagnostic protocol. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cell differentials and BAL histamine, tryptase and eosinophilic cationic protein (ECP) concentrations were determined. Ten nonsmoking healthy volunteers served as controls. Diagnostic subgroups were identified: eight postnasal drip syndrome (PNDS), seven cough variant asthma (CVA), seven gastro-esophageal reflux (GOR), seven dual aetiology and six idiopathic. Nonasthmatic coughers (NAC) were characterized as those patients without bronchial hyperresponsiveness on histamine challenge and whose cough had either responded to therapy for PNDS or GOR or failed to improve with antiasthma therapy. There was a significant increase in both eosinophil and mast cell numbers (p<0.05) and in histamine levels (p = 0.027) when NAC patients were compared with controls. Tryptase and ECP levels were elevated in 7 of 23 and 6 of 23 NAC patients, respectively. In conclusion, airway inflammatory cell numbers are not only increased but also activated, suggesting an important role for airways inflammation in the pathophysiology of chronic nonproductive cough.  (+info)

Airway resistance and atopy in preschool children with wheeze and cough. (54/1515)

The extent to which the measurement of airways resistance by the interrupter technique (Rint) distinguishes preschool children with previous wheeze from those with no respiratory symptoms and helps to classify subjects with persistent cough, was investigated. Rint was measured before and after salbutamol treatment in 82 children with recurrent wheeze, 58 with isolated cough and 48 with no symptoms (control subjects). Their mean age (range) was 3.7 yrs (2-<5 yrs). Median baseline Rint was higher (p<0.0001) in wheezers than in either coughers or control subjects (1.16, 0.94 and 0.88 kPa x L(-1) x s(-1) respectively); coughers did not differ significantly from control subjects (p=0.14). The median ratios of baseline to post-salbutamol measurements (bronchodilator response (BDR)) in the groups differed significantly (1.40, 1.27 and 1.07, p< or =0.01 for all), suggesting that coughers occupy an intermediate position. A BDR ratio of >1.22 had a specificity and sensitivity for wheeze of 80% and 76% respectively. Twenty-eight coughers had a BDR ratio >1.22. Wheezers' immunoglobulin E was inversely related to baseline Rint. It is concluded that measurements of airway resistance by the interrupter technique are useful for classifying preschool children with respiratory symptoms and could be used to monitor the effect of interventions. The relation between atopy and airways resistance suggests that they have separate roles in preschool wheezing. Coughers with a high bronchodilator response could represent "cough-variant" asthma in children who have baseline airway resistance by the interrupter technique measurements similar to control subjects. Whether these children develop classical asthma will only be known at follow-up later in childhood.  (+info)

Palliative effect of chemotherapy: objective tumor response is associated with symptom improvement in patients with metastatic breast cancer. (55/1515)

PURPOSE: Because one of the goals of chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer is to provide symptom palliation, we were interested in identifying the relationship between tumor shrinkage and improvement in disease-related symptoms. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three hundred patients enrolled onto a randomized trial of metastatic breast cancer formed the basis of our study. The nine most common baseline symptoms were identified and followed. Changes from baseline (improvement, stable, worsening) were defined using patient responses to a quality-of-life (QoL) questionnaire (the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer EORTC QLQ-C30) as well as using graded toxicity data collected on case report forms (CRFs). The association between symptom improvement and tumor response was assessed using a linear trend test via a logistic regression model. RESULTS: The most commonly reported baseline symptoms were cancer pain in 38% (CRF data) and 81% of patients (QoL data) and tiredness in 26% (CRF data) and 89% (QoL data) of patients. Three symptoms-cancer pain, shortness of breath, and abnormal mood-showed a significant relationship between improvement and objective response, using both CRF and QoL assessments. Constipation, anorexia, and nausea showed a similar trend when QoL data were used but not when CRF information was used. The converse was seen for lethargy. There was no correlation between symptom change and response for cough and insomnia. CONCLUSION: For some symptoms, we found a significant association between symptom improvement and objective tumor regression. In these cases, symptom improvement was greatest in those patients who had complete or partial responses, followed by those with stable disease and then those with progressive disease. Further work in this area will be useful in determining the surrogate value of objective tumor response in identifying the efficacy of palliative chemotherapy.  (+info)

Capsaicin responsiveness and cough in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (56/1515)

BACKGROUND: Chronic cough is associated with an increased sensitivity to inhaled capsaicin in a number of conditions but there are no data for patients with more severe asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Moreover, the relationships between the capsaicin response (expressed as the concentration of capsaicin provoking five coughs, C5), self-reported cough, and routine medication is not known. METHODS: The cough response to capsaicin in 53 subjects with asthma, 56 subjects with COPD, and 96 healthy individuals was recorded and compared with a number of subjective measures of self-reported cough, measures of airway obstruction, and prescribed medication. In asthmatic subjects the relationships between the cough response to capsaicin and mean daily peak flow variability and non-specific bronchial hyperresponsiveness to histamine were also examined. RESULTS: Subjects with asthma (median C5 = 62 mM) and COPD (median C5 = 31 mM) were similarly sensitive to capsaicin and both were more reactive than normal subjects (median C5 >500 mM). Capsaicin sensitivity was related to symptomatic cough as measured by the diary card score in both asthma and COPD (r = -0.38 and r = -0.44, respectively), but only in asthma and not COPD when measured using a visual analogue score (r = -0.32 and r = -0.05, respectively). Capsaicin sensitivity was independent of the degree of airway obstruction and in asthmatics was not related to PEF variability or PC(20) for histamine. The response to capsaicin was not related to treatment with inhaled corticosteroids but was increased in those using anticholinergic agents in both conditions. CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that an increased cough reflex, as measured by capsaicin responsiveness, is an important contributor to the presence of cough in asthma and COPD, rather than cough being simply secondary to excessive airway secretions. The lack of any relationship between capsaicin responsiveness and airflow limitation as measured by the FEV(1) suggests that the mechanisms producing cough are likely to be different from those causing airways obstruction, at least in patients with COPD.  (+info)