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Limits of effective cough-augmentation techniques in patients with neuromuscular disease.

  title={Limits of effective cough-augmentation techniques in patients with neuromuscular disease.},
  author={Michel Toussaint and Louis J. Boitano and Vincent Gathot and Marc Steens and Philippe Soudon},
  journal={Respiratory care},
  volume={54 3},
BACKGROUND Manual and mechanical cough-augmentation techniques can improve peak cough flow (PCF) in patients with respiratory insufficiency caused by neuromuscular disease. METHODS We studied cough-augmentation techniques in 179 clinically stable patients with various neuromuscular diseases. We measured vital capacity (VC), maximum expiratory pressure (MEP), and PCF, with and without 3 cough-augmentation techniques: manually assisted cough (MAC); breath-stacking (in a subgroup of 60 patients… 

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