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Chest Physiotherapy Not Effective In Infants Hospitalized With Acute Bronchiolitis

September 29, 2010

In research published this week in PLoS Medicine, Vincent Gajdos and colleagues report the results of a randomized trial conducted among hospitalized infants with bronchiolitis. The researchers enrolled nearly 500 children aged 15 days to 2 years who were admitted to seven French hospitals for a first episode of acute bronchiolitis. Their results show that a physiotherapy technique (increased exhalation and assisted cough) commonly used in France does not reduce time to recovery in this population. The researchers conclude “Our results did not support the recommendation that chest physiotherapy be routinely performed in hospitalized infants with acute bronchiolitis.”

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