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Chronic Cough in Women
Sankey HZ
The Female Patient. 2011;36(5):24-30

Cough is a common symptom that can be a sign of a minor, self-resolving ailment or a serious disease.

Case: A 45-year-old woman presents for an annual gynecologic exam. She has a history of hypertension that is treated with medication, hyperlipidemia, and obesity. On review of systems, you discover she has a dry cough that has been present for 2 or 3 months.

What is the differential diagnosis for cough, and how would you approach her work-up?


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