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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