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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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The therapy of expectoration

The therapy of expectoration

(p.381) Chapter 24 The therapy of expectoration
Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

Oxford University Press

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

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