Introduction to JTD Cough Section
Editorial of Cough Section

Introduction to JTD Cough Section

Three things cannot be hidden: coughing, poverty and love’. This is originally Yiddish proverb, quoted in many texts and movies, which may well describe the hypersensitive nature of cough (1). The cough reflex is a primary airway defense mechanism against aspiration, but when dysregulated, it becomes a problem commonly presenting as irresistible bouts with hypersensitivity to various innocuous environmental or behavioral triggers (2). Importantly, cough is a common problem in general populations and is the single most common symptom for medical visits (3-5).

A major change during the recent decade is a paradigm shift in chronic cough. The recognition of cough hypersensitivity as the key pathophysiological mechanism underlying chronic cough has opened a new window of opportunity in the management of chronic cough (6,7). Now we are getting more understanding of this disease condition, recently termed “cough hypersensitivity syndrome” by the European Respiratory Society Taskforce report (8). Thus, the Journal of Thoracic Disease (JTD) initiated a dedicated section for Cough in 2016, which was led by Prof. Peter Dicpinigaitis (9), and now aims to continue its vision to promote our understanding and refine our clinical strategy for cough. The Cough Section will feature original studies as well as state-of-the-art reviews, opinion papers, and selected letters. We hope this section could serve as a good field for scientific communication and enhancing creativity for cough. We invite clinicians and scientists to submit their works to the Cough Section of the JTD.




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  4. Lai K, Chen R, Lin J, et al. A prospective, multicenter survey on causes of chronic cough in China. Chest 2013;143:613-20. [Crossref] [PubMed]
  5. Song WJ, Chang YS, Faruqi S, et al. The global epidemiology of chronic cough in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur Respir J 2015;45:1479-81. [Crossref] [PubMed]
  6. Morice AH, Millqvist E, Bieksiene K, et al. ERS guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic cough in adults and children. Eur Respir J 2019. [Epub ahead of print]. [Crossref] [PubMed]
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Woo-Jung Song

Woo-Jung Song, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Airway Sensation and Cough Research Laboratory, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Cough Section Director, Journal of Thoracic Disease (Email:

doi: 10.21037/jtd.2019.12.22

Cite this article as: Song WJ. Introduction to JTD Cough Section. J Thorac Dis 2019;11(12):5601-5602. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2019.12.22