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The therapy of expectoration

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0024

Series: Supportive Care Series

The therapy of expectoration

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This chapter examines the effectiveness of expectoration therapy for cough and other respiratory diseases. It explains that the objective of treatment to promote expectoration is to increase tracheobronchial mucus production, or its clearance, or both. The chapter suggests that there is no satisfactory method for measuring the effectiveness of expectorants in clinical practice and recommends autogenic drainage for aiding expectoration and anticholinergic tertiary ammonium compounds for reducing bronchial gland secretion.

Keywords: expectoration therapy; cough; respiratory diseases; tracheobronchial mucus; autogenic drainage; anticholinergic compounds

Chapter.  4253 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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