Table 7 Frequent mistakes in the diagnostic work-up of cough
1Extensive diagnostic work-up performed in patients taking ACE inhibitors
2Trivialisation of cough in smokers without diagnostic workup
3Extrapulmonary causes (ENT, gastric, neurological or cardiac) are disregarded
4Change of the established sequence of examinations without reason, e.g. performing HRCT before BHR was tested
5No bronchoscopy though cause of cough was not determined.
6Multiple causes overlooked
7Psychogenic cough diagnosed, lung tumour overlooked
  • ACE: angiotensin-converting enzyme; ENT: ear, nose and throat; HRCT: high-resolution computed tomography; BHR: bronchial hyperresponsiveness.