Ambulatory quantitative waking and sleeping cough assessment in patients with cystic fibrosis

Eitan Kerem*, Michael Wilschanski, Nilsen L. Miller, Thea Pugatsch, Tali Cohen, Hannah Blau, Joseph Rivlin, David Shoseyov, Allen Reha, Scott Constantine, Temitayo Ajayi, Samit Hirawat, Gary L. Elfring, Stuart W. Peltz, Langdon L. Miller

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Background: Although cough is a commonly reported symptom, objective quantitation of cough during normal activity has not been performed in patients with CF. Methods: An ambulatory device was used to characterize cough over 24. hours. Pulmonary function and subject-reported coughing were also assessed. Results: Patients included 19 clinically stable adults with CF (males:females=10:9; median age [range]=26 [19-57] years; median %-predicted FEV1 [range]=65 [44-106]%). Median [range] cough rate was 27 [13-66] coughs/hour, with values while awake of 41 [20-102] and while asleep of 2 [0.1-7] (p<0.0001, Wilcoxon signed-rank test). Subjective reporting was consistent with objective data for wake-sleep differences, but correlated poorly with objective waking cough rate. Conclusions: Outpatient cough quantitation in patients with CF is feasible, indicates frequent coughing even during clinical stability, and may be useful in therapeutic trials in CF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-200
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cystic Fibrosis
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Cough
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Respiratory function tests


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