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Weakly acidic reflux in patients with chronic unexplained cough during 24 hour pressure, pH, and impedance monitoring
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    • Lieven Dupont, Associate Professor of Medicine
    • Other Contributors:
      • Kathleen Blondeau and Daniel Sifrim

    Dear Editor,

    We are thankful to Dr Luigi Benini et al. for their comments on our article [1]. We appreciated their reading of our manuscript, which led them to question the relevance of the temporal relationship between reflux and cough. However, we disagree with the authors of the e-letter with regard to their statement that "the temporal association of reflux with cough does not appear a reliable criterion to di...

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    Reflux-associated cough usually is not associated with a reflux: the role of reduced cough threshold
    • Luigi Benini
    • Other Contributors:
      • Marcello Ferrari, Giorgio Talamini, Italo Vantini

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the article by Sifrim and co-workers [1] addressing the issue of the importance of weakly acidic reflux (as measured by 24 hour ambulatory pressure and pH-impedance monitoring) in patients with chronic cough. The presence of asthma, postnasal drip, or the use of ACE inhibitors was ruled out, so that an association with gastro-oesophageal reflux was probable. They found th...

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