Neurophysiology of Cough Reflex Hypersensitivity

2014-08-27 03:19:19 | BioPortfolio


Central sensitisation is an increase in the excitability of nerves within the central nervous system, which can lead to heightened sensitivity to certain stimuli. This process is involved in some chronic pain conditions e.g. migraines and non−cardiac chest pain. Recent work by our group suggests central sensitisation may be an important mechanism leading to chronic cough.

The main questions in this study include:

1. Can the investigators induce temporary central sensitisation of the cough reflex in healthy volunteers for testing of new medications?

2. Can the investigators demonstrate exaggerated sensitisation in patients with chronic cough (indicating these patients are already centrally sensitised)?

In animal studies, acid infusion into the gullet (oesophagus) is able to induce central sensitisation of the cough reflex. Acid infusion into the oesophagus has also been shown to induce central sensitisation in human healthy volunteers, increasing the sensitivity to pain on the front of the chest but this study did not test the the cough reflex. Using human participants, the investigators plan to test whether acid infusion into the oesophagus increases the sensitivity of the cough reflex in healthy volunteers and also patients complaining of chronic cough.

Study Design



Chronic Cough


Hydrochloric acid 0.15 molar, Saline


Not yet recruiting


University of Manchester

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:19:19-0400

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