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Cough, sarcoidosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: raw nerves and bad vibrations

Nicholas Kim Harrison

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College of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK

Cough 2013, 9:9  doi:10.1186/1745-9974-9-9

Published: 6 March 2013


Cough is a common symptom in people who develop interstitial lung diseases (ILD). The pathological features of the ILDs are many and varied suggesting that the cause of cough may also vary with each disease. This article reviews what is currently known about cough in sarcoidosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; two of the commonest ILDs. It also outlines some of the theories which have been proposed to explain why cough develops in these conditions and describes what little is known about how to treat it.