Chronic cough may follow laryngeal herpes zoster

In the first published report on post-herpetic cough, the surgeon, along with NZ and US colleagues, describes two cases of persistent cough following laryngeal zoster.

One case was lost to follow-up but the other had partial symptomatic relief with gabapentin. The authors suggested gabapentin or amitriptyline should be considered for such patients.

Post-herpetic cough may occur as a direct neurological complication of laryngeal zoster, which itself is a rare manifestation of shingles, they said.

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