Describe the cough reflex.

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College Answer

Many candidates struggled with this question. A good answer included a brief description of 
the role of the cough reflex, an outline of the sensory pathways, central integration and motor 
pathways of the reflex, and a description of the components of the cough reflex. Most 
candidates failed to accurately describe the sequence of events involved in the cough reflex. 
Very few gave sufficient detail on the nerve supply of the larynx