Chronic Cough as the Presenting Symptom of Hydrocephalus

Selmin Karatayli-Ozgursoy, MD; Jacob Dominik, MD; Benjamin Eidelman, MD; Juan C. Guarderas, MD


South Med J. 2010;103(6):574-577. 

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The physiology and anatomy of the neural pathways involved in the central cough system in humans are poorly understood. In this case, it is postulated that hydrocephalus-induced ventricular dilatation impacted on central cough reflex pathways, resulting in disinhibition of the cough reflex. While etiological mechanisms remain hypothetical, this case provides an additional aspect for consideration by clinicians when dealing with chronic cough.