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Table 1 Pointers to underlying aetiology i.e. presence of specific cough [39,110]

From: Cough: are children really different to adults?

auscultatory findings
cough characteristics eg cough with choking, cough quality (table 2), cough starting from birth
cardiac abnormalities (including murmurs)
chest pain
chest wall deformity
chronic dyspnoea
daily moist or productive cough
digital clubbing
exertional dyspnoea
failure to thrive
feeding difficulties
immune deficiency
neurodevelopmental abnormality
recurrent pneumonia