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Diagnostic Tests for Coughing spasms

Diagnostic Test list for Coughing spasms:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Coughing spasms includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Listen to character of cough for whoop or for stridor
    • Inspect sputum for color and consistency if possible
    • Examine lungs noting breath sounds and their intensity and also the presence of added sounds
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count - for evidence of infection.
    • ESR - may be elevated with any bacterial chest infection, bronchiectasis, tuberculosis.
    • Serology for atypical pneumonia organisms - e.g. mycoplasma, chlamydia and pertussis or influenza if indicated.
    • Blood cultures - if fever is present.
  • Nasopharyngeal aspirate test for pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Sputum microscopy and culture
  • Sputum culture for acid fast bacilli to rule out tuberculosis if suspected
  • Lung function tests - can help distinguish between obstructive lung disease e.g. asthma, emphysema and bronchitis and restrictive lung disease e.g. pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Radiological investigations
    • Chest X-Ray - can show many lung problems.
    • CT scan or MRI scan of chest - more sensitive then chest X-Ray, used to further characterize abnormalities found on Chest X-Ray.
  • Tuberculin skin test - may diagnose tuberculosis, but misleading if previous BCG vaccination.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Coughing spasms causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Coughing spasms:

The following list of conditions have 'Coughing spasms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Coughing spasms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Coughing spasms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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