Consider regular spirometry for chronic productive cough: study

Respiratory physician Professor Peter Wark says spirometry is a highly valuable but underutilised tool.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Professor Peter Wark.

Patients with a chronic productive cough should undergo regular spirometry for early detection of COPD and asthma, regardless of smoking status or duration, Australian doctors report.

The University of Melbourne–led team, who identified six subclasses of cough, said those with chronic or intermittent productive cough had worse lifetime lung function trajectories than patients with minimal cough.