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Smoking and cough syncope: follow-up in 45 cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3596855     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A follow-up review of 45 patients with cough syncope was performed to ascertain the effect of therapy in relieving symptoms. These patients constituted 2.5% of all Mayo Clinic patients evaluated over a 3-year period for syncope. Cough syncope patients were predominantly male (43:2), the average weight was 96.1 kg, and the average age was 53.2 years. Eighty-two percent were current or ex-smokers at the time of the initial evaluation and 86% of those having pulmonary function tests demonstrated findings consistent with obstructive lung disease. Treatment was determined by their primary physician and, in general, was aimed at decreasing the cough. Cough-related symptoms were abolished or improved in 97% of patients. Smoking cessation was closely associated with decreased symptoms. Although felt by both patient and physician to be a benign disorder, cough syncope can result in severe bodily injury. Patients with a vigorous cough, especially smokers, should be questioned thoroughly about cough syncope. Treatment of cough is effective in relieving symptoms.
H W Bonekat; R M Miles; B A Staats
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of the addictions     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0020-773X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Addict     Publication Date:  1987 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-07-27     Completed Date:  1987-07-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123640     Medline TA:  Int J Addict     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  413-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cough / etiology*
Follow-Up Studies
Lung Diseases, Obstructive / etiology
Middle Aged
Syncope / etiology*
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