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Role of conventional physiotherapy in cystic fibrosis.
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PMID:  3171787     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Because of the time and the emotional cost involved in performing daily conventional chest physiotherapy in patients with cystic fibrosis, a 3-year prospective study was undertaken to compare the long-term effects of postural drainage accompanied by percussion and the forced expiratory technique with the effects of the forced expiratory technique alone. Patients who performed the forced expiratory technique alone had mean annual rates of decline that were significantly different from zero for forced expiratory volume in 1 second (p less than 0.001), forced expiratory flow between 25% and 75% of vital capacity (p less than 0.001), and Shwachman clinical score (p less than 0.004). In the group performing conventional physiotherapy with percussion and postural drainage, only the mean annual rate of decline for forced expiratory flow between 25% and 75% of vital capacity was significantly different from zero (p less than 0.03), and it was significantly different from the mean rate of decline associated with the forces expiratory technique alone (p less than 0.04). We conclude that conventional chest physiotherapy should remain a standard component of therapy in cystic fibrosis.
J J Reisman; B Rivington-Law; M Corey; J Marcotte; E Wannamaker; D Harcourt; H Levison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of pediatrics     Volume:  113     ISSN:  0022-3476     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  1988 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-11-10     Completed Date:  1988-11-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375410     Medline TA:  J Pediatr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  632-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Respiratory Diseases, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Cystic Fibrosis / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*,  therapy
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Forced Expiratory Flow Rates
Forced Expiratory Volume
Physical Therapy Modalities*
Prospective Studies
Random Allocation
Respiratory Therapy*
Comment In:
J Pediatr. 1989 Jul;115(1):167-8   [PMID:  2738788 ]

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