The cough from hell: diazepam for intractable cough in a patient with renal cell carcinoma.

Research paper by Bassam B Estfan, Declan D Walsh

Indexed on: 29 Apr '08Published on: 29 Apr '08Published in: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management


Cough is a common symptom in cancer. Its underlying cause should be managed when identified; otherwise, empiric treatment is the mainstay of symptom control. Cancer-related cough usually responds to radiation therapy, an opioid, or benzonatate, a peripheral anesthetic. We present the case of a patient with renal cell carcinoma hospitalized for intractable cough that failed to respond adequately to usual treatments, but improved with diazepam.