A peculiar kind of coughing of unknown cause, but thought to be neurogenic. An individual attack of coughing is typically though not always triggered by an abrupt, intense, and unexplained tickle low in the neck. In the usual scenario, coughing attacks may vary in severity, but at least some percentage of them is of the dramatic sort. Individuals may have been misdiagnosed for years with cough-variant asthma or acid reflux.
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