Expectoration: pathophysiology, measurement, and therapy

Alyn H. Morice

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Expectoration: pathophysiology, measurement, and therapy

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Expectoration — the removal of secretions from the chest — is a symptom which may be triggered by a wide range of respiratory conditions. Because of this diversity, an extensive armamentarium of therapeutic options may be used which are specifically directed at individual causal agents. In general this strategy has a high success rate. Alternatively, therapy can be given to improve the act of expectoration itself or to suppress the desire to expectorate. This chapter discusses the pathophysiology of expectoration, the clinical approach to expectorant therapy, and physiotherapy for expectoration.

Keywords: expectoration; expectorant therapy; physiotherapy; pathophysiology

Chapter.  3215 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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