In-Exsufflator Cough Assist Device in Patients With Symptomatic Bronchiectasis

03:22 EDT 29th March 2015 | BioPortfolio


This study is a randomized, controlled trial examining the effectiveness of the mechanical cough-assist device (in-exsufflator) in promoting the clearance of retained airway secretions in patients with symptomatic bronchiectasis. We hypothesize that this enhanced clearance of airway secretions will lead to a decline in the number of acute exacerbations of bronchiectasis experienced by these patients during the study period, improve health-related quality of life, decrease overall health-care costs and improve pulmonary function.


Bronchiectasis is characterized by airway dilatation with the potential to cause devastating illness, including repeated respiratory infections requiring antibiotics, disabling productive, mucopurulent cough, shortness of breath and occasional hemoptysis. The damaged and dilated airways lead to persisting bacterial infection of the bronchi and bronchioles, causing inflammation and retained secretions, which in turn may further damage the airways. Patients typically suffer from frequent, severe and refractory episodes of bacterial bronchitis, often requiring hospitalization and prolonged courses of antibiotics. The pathophysiology of bronchiectasis involves the retention of viscid, tenacious inflammatory secretions and microbes leading to a "vicious cycle" of airway obstruction, destruction and recurrent infection with further compromise of the mucociliary clearance host defense apparatus. It has been widely proposed and recommended that methods of enhancing clearance of airway secretions should be an integral component of the care of patients with bronchiectasis. Despite these recommendations and a sound pathophysiologic plausibility given the central role retention of secretions plays in the disease, the effectiveness of interventions targeted toward enhancing bronchopulmonary hygiene has not been systematically studied. It is also not known whether the ability to generate an adequate cough would predict which patient will benefit from these interventions.

The mechanical in-exsufflator device assists patients in clearing retained secretions by augmenting the expiratory flow and force of the patient's cough with the addition of a cycle of positive and negative inspiratory pressure. An effective cough mechanism is actually an important and beneficial host defense which aids in mucus clearance along with the mucociliary apparatus. We hypothesize that daily, regular use of the in-exsufflator device will lead to a reduction in acute bronchiectasis exacerbations- a clinically meaningful endpoint- with other possible beneficial outcomes including improved pulmonary function, improved health-related quality of life and decreased health care costs.

Despite the lack of rigorous, well-designed studies supporting the role and most effective mode of bronchial hygiene physiotherapy in patients with bronchiectasis, many Pulmonologists recommend the flutter valve device as the generally accepted "standard of care" at this time due to its relative non-invasiveness, ease of use and high level of patient acceptability. The flutter valve is a simple, hand-held, pipe-like device which helps loosen secretions by providing an expiratory low-pressure vibratory pulse to the patient's airway when used. This study will provide a comparison of the clinical efficacy of these mechanical chest physiotherapy devices in the setting of bronchiectasis.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment




In-Exsufflator Cough Assist Device


UMass Memorial Medical Center, Universty Campus
United States




University of Massachusetts, Worcester

Results (where available)

View Results


Clinical Trials [369 Associated Clinical Trials listed on BioPortfolio]

Is Regular Chest Physiotherapy an Effective Treatment in Severe, Non Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis is a chronic chest condition which causes a persistent cough and frequent chest infections. One of the main forms of treatment is chest physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is thoug...

Comparison Between Respiratory Therapy With Cough Assist Technique and Usual Respiratory Therapy in Intensive Care Patients Suffering of Neurologic Disorder

The present study aims to compare the efficiency of respiratory therapy with cough assist and the efficiency of usual respiratory therapy in intensive care patients suffering of neurologic...

Bronchiectasis Research Registry

The Bronchiectasis Research Registry is a consolidated database of non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF) Bronchiectasis and Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria (NTM) patients from multiple clinical instit...

Inspiratory Flow and Volumes in Bronchiectatics

Adequate administration of drugs via dry powder inhalers is dependent on adequate inspiratory flow rates and volumes. These vary according to the device being used and its resistance. The ...

Capsaicin Cough Threshold in Chronic Cough Due to Postnasal Drip

This study is being done to find out why some people with mucus dripping down the back of their throat have a nagging cough while others do not cough.

PubMed Articles [3372 Associated PubMed Articles listed on BioPortfolio]

Validation of the Mandarin Chinese version of the Leicester Cough Questionnaire in bronchiectasis.

The Leicester Cough Questionnaire (LCQ) has been validated for assessing cough-specific health status in bronchiectasis. We translated the LCQ into Mandarin Chinese and investigated its validity, reli...

Arrhythmias in children with ventricular assist devices.

Background: Children with decompensated heart failure are at high risk for arrhythmias, and ventricular assist device placement is becoming a more common treatment strategy. The impact of ventricular ...

Patient Understanding of Potential Risk and Benefit With Informed Consent in a Left Ventricular Assist Device Population: A Pilot Study.

Consent issues have not been thoroughly explored in a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) population.

Adult and paediatric cough guidelines: ready for an overhaul?

Cough is one of the most common reasons that patients seek medical attention. Cough guidelines from numerous countries and societies are available to assist the clinician to investigate and manage pat...

Bronchiectasis: which antibiotics to use and when?

In 2010, the British Thoracic Society published a guideline for the care of patients with noncystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis; other recent clinical review articles and original scientific manu...

Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Agents that suppress cough. They act centrally on the medullary cough center. EXPECTORANTS, also used in the treatment of cough, act locally.

Removal of a MEDICAL DEVICE from the market due to the identification of an intrinsic property of the device that results in a serious risk to public health.

Persistent abnormal dilatation of the bronchi.

Removal of a MEDICAL DEVICE from the market due to a problem occurring in the manufacture or distribution of the product.

The shifting in position or location of an INTRAUTERINE DEVICE from its original placement.

More From BioPortfolio on "In-Exsufflator Cough Assist Device in Patients With Symptomatic Bronchiectasis"

Search BioPortfolio:

Relevant Topic

Latest News Clinical Trials Research Drugs Reports Corporate
Pulmonary relating to or associated with the lungs eg Asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Influenza,  Lung Cancer, Pneumonia, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Sleep Disorders etc Follow and track Lung Cancer News ...