Cough chest x ray

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Abiodun Akanmode,M.D.[2]

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Chest X-rays is a go-to investigative tool used by most clinicians when evaluating cough.

X Rays

Despite the routine use of CXR when evaluating cough, the most common causes of cough in the general population such as Gerd,Asthma and Post nasal drip cannot readily be diagnosed by CXR.Pneumonia and other indeterminate lung lesions/diseases can be readily identified on chest x rays; this, however, could prompt the use of higher resolution chest imaging. Most patients referred to cough clinics have a normal chest radiograph. However, review of a recent film is needed as any significant abnormality will alter the diagnostic algorithm and avoid unnecessary investigation.[1]


  1. McGarvey LP (2004). "Cough . 6: Which investigations are most useful in the diagnosis of chronic cough?". Thorax. 59 (4): 342–6. doi:10.1136/thx.2004.021832. PMC 1763813. PMID 15047960 PMID: 15047960 Check |pmid= value (help).

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