Positive expiratory pressure via mask does not improve ventilation inhomogeneity more than huffing and coughing in individuals with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic sputum expectoration

Christian Osadnik, Christopher Richard Stuart-Andrews, Samantha J Ellis, Bruce Robert Thompson, Christine F McDonald, Anne E Holland

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Abstract

Positive expiratory pressure (PEP) has been used to promote airway clearance in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for many years; however, its mechanism of action and benefits are unclear. Previous authors have suggested that PEP improves collateral ventilation via changes in lung volumes. Objectives: It was the aim of this study to determine whether PEP improves ventilation inhomogeneity more than controlled huffing and coughing in individuals with stable COPD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalRespiration
Volume87
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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