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Table 1 Causes and estimated frequencies of acute cough in the adult [1]

From: Acute cough: a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge

Common Less common
Common cold Asthma
Acute bacterial sinusitis Congestive heart failure
Pertussis Pneumonia
Exacerbations of COPD Aspiration syndromes
Allergic rhinitis Pulmonary embolism
Environmental irritant rhinitis  
  1. Reproduced with permission from: Irwin RS et al. Chest 1998, 114:133S-181S.