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cough

 [kof]
1. a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs; called also tussis.
2. to produce such an expulsion of air.
dry cough cough without expectoration.
productive cough cough attended with expectoration of material from the bronchi.
reflex cough a cough due to the irritation of some remote organ.
wet cough productive cough.
whooping cough see whooping cough.

productive cough

[prəduk′tiv]
Etymology: L, producere + AS, cohhetan, to cough
a sudden, noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that effectively removes sputum from the respiratory tract and helps clear the airways, permitting air to reach the alveoli. Coughing is stimulated by irritation or inflammation of the respiratory tract, which is caused most frequently by infection or sinus drainage secondary to rhinitis. Deep breathing, with contraction of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles and forceful exhalation, promotes productive coughing in patients with respiratory infections. Mucolytic agents liquefy mucus in the respiratory tract so that it can be raised and expectorated more easily. Atropine and other anticholinergic drugs decrease pulmonary secretions. Also called moist cough, wet cough. See also nonproductive cough.

pro·duct·ive cough

(prŏ-dŭk'tiv kawf)
A cough accompanied by expectoration.

cough

1. a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs.
2. to produce such an expulsion of air.

dry cough
cough without expectoration.
goose honk cough
a chronic, harsh, dry cough characteristic of collapsed trachea.
nocturnal cough
in dogs associated with heart disease, psychogenic coughing or collapsed trachea.
productive cough
cough attended with expectoration of material from the bronchi.
psychogenic cough
dogs sometimes associate coughing with the attention received and develop it as a habit.
cough reflex
1. the sequence of events initiated by the sensitivity of the lining of the passageways of the lung and mediated by the medulla as a consequence of impulses transmitted by the vagus nerve, resulting in coughing, i.e. the clearing of the passageways of foreign matter.
2. the response elicited by applying pressure on a trachea. Increased with inflammation of the respiratory epithelium; decreased by cough suppressants and pain.
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Policy message: There is need to train physicians on the use of anti tuberculosis therapy in smear negative suspected pulmonary tuberculosis cases, especially if they have productive cough and cavitatory lung lesions.
This means physicians and their staff will spend time navigating through multiple windows, dropdown menus, and check box lists to record something as simple as "3 days of productive cough.
At the time of this visit, October 2009, he again presented with an increasing productive cough producing thick mucus and an associated shortness of breath.
Symptoms include shortness of breath, a wheezy chest and a productive cough.
In a fight against respiratory infections, the body typically produces a little fluid to help the lungs generate a productive cough.
About 4 days later, she developed worsening shortness of breath, fever, and productive cough.
2) Unsurprisingly, cigarette smoking has a dose-related influence on the prevalence of productive cough.
Although most patients present with hemoptysis or productive cough, aspergillomas might be discovered incidentally on radiographs as in our case.