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Chest physiotherapy for pneumonia in children

Pneumonia is an inflammatory lung disease and it is the greatest cause of deaths in children younger than five years of age worldwide. Accumulation of secretions in the airways due to respiratory infections contributes to the worsening of clinical symptoms making it very difficult for the child to breathe. Chest physiotherapy may contribute to patient recovery as a complementary treatment because it can help to eliminate inflammatory secretions, remove airway obstructions, reduce airway resistance and the work of breathing. Chest physiotherapy techniques combine manual percussion of the chest wall and strategic positioning of the patient for mucus drainage, with cough and breathing techniques.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2013

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