Table 3 Circumstances requiring an immediate investigation of acute cough
Haemoptysis
Severe chest pain
Dyspnoea
High fever
TB
 Stay in countries with high prevalence of TB
 Contact with a person stricken with TB
 Homelessness
 Illicit drug users
Immunosuppressed states
 Immune deficiency e.g. CVID
 HIV infection
 Immunosuppressive therapy
History of malignant tumour
History of heavy smoking
  • TB: tuberculosis, CVID: common variable immunodeficiency.