Mucociliary clearance – a critical upper airway host defense mechanism and methods of assessment

  title={Mucociliary clearance – a critical upper airway host defense mechanism and methods of assessment},
  author={M. B. Antunes and N. Cohen},
  journal={Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology},
  • M. B. Antunes, N. Cohen
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine
  • Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
  • Purpose of review Mucociliary clearance is a critical host defense mechanism of the airways. Effective mucociliary clearance requires appropriate mucus production and coordinated ciliary activity. The important role of these two components is best demonstrated in disorders such as primary ciliary dyskinesia and cystic fibrosis, both of which lead to lifelong recurrent respiratory tract infections. We review the methods used to analyze mucociliary clearance. Recent findings Utilization of… CONTINUE READING
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