A general term that refers to impaired muscular and nervous system functions that may affect a person’s ability to naturally clear mucus from their lungs.
Diseases and conditions that can result in excess mucus that blocks the airways include:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Diaphragm disorders
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Muscular dystrophy (MD)
- Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
- Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD)
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Benefits of Manual Chest Physiotherapy
Uncleared excess mucus can lead to chronic inflammation and infections, causing permanent lung and respiratory function damage.*
Physicians prescribe airway clearance therapy to clear mucus before it builds up. This makes it harder for harmful bacteria to grow.*
1. Cole P. The damaging role of bacteria in chronic lung infection. J Antimicrob Chemother 1997;40 Suppl A:5-10.
2. American Thoracic Society. ATS Patient Education Series. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2017:195;15-16.