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VOLUME 10,ISSUE 1
January - March 2021
 
Abstract

Cough without a cause: Habit cough / Tic cough

Shah AD1, Apoorva BVS2*, Jain A2, Shah KV3

1. Professor and HOD Department of Respiratory Medicine ,Smt S.B.K.S Medical Institute& Research,Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara
2. 2nd year PG Student, Department of Respiratory Medicine , Smt S.B.K.S Medical Institute& Research,Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara
3. Professor, Department of Respiratory Medicine , Smt S.B.K.S Medical Institute& Research,Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara

ABSTRACT

Background: Habit cough is a chronic condition commonly seen in children. Previously many case reports have been published in pediatric population but there are very few cases reported in adults. We have reported three different clinical presentations in young adults who presented to our respiratory medicine OPD with a complaint of chronic persistent cough for which they had consulted many physicians and had undergone various investigations and received multiple courses of anti-histaminic, antibiotics and oral steroids without any improvement and remained undiagnosed. After admission a diagnosis of habit cough was made after ruling out all other underlying medical conditions and was treated with sessions of hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques along with pharmacologic treatment with anxiolytics. After few sessions of hypnotherapy, they were relieved from this ailment. This case series is to bring out the importance of considering habit cough as a diagnosis in young adults without an organic cause. Efforts to make an early diagnosis will reduce morbidity, prevent fixation of symptoms and avoid unnecessary procedures and therapies.

Keywords: Habit Cough, Psychogenic cough, Tic cough


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