An 11-year-Old Girl with up to 19,200 Coughs Per Day: Broadening Therapeutic Strategies

Aaron A. Cortes, Macarena Landaeta, Carlos Silva

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

An 11-year-old girl was transferred to the Universidad de Chile Clinical Hospital after 2.5 months of persistent and unresponsive treatment for coughlike spasms. On arrival, the frequency of symptoms was 1 cough every 4 s, which disappeared during sleep. A multidisciplinary examination excluded allergic, viral, respiratory, epileptic, and other more usual causes of similar conditions. Two diagnoses (psychogenic cough and transient vocal tic disorder) and a mixed intervention were proposed leading to resolution in 12 days of treatment. No recurrence of symptoms was observed during several evaluations within 12 months of medical follow-up. An association between the 2 diagnoses is proposed and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Neuropsychology: Child
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • psychogenic cough
  • single-case experiment
  • somatoform
  • tic disorder

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'An 11-year-Old Girl with up to 19,200 Coughs Per Day: Broadening Therapeutic Strategies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this