Which techniques are used for clearing airways in cystic fibrosis (CF)?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Answer

Various techniques used to clear airways may include the following:

  • Chest physical therapy by hands

  • Forced expiratory technique and autogenic drainage

  • Positive expiratory pressure (PEP) using a PEP mask

  • High-frequency oscillation using a Flutter device

  • High-frequency chest compression using a ThAIRapy Vest

These techniques can be combined with bronchodilator therapy via a nebulizer.


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