Usefulness of chest physiotherapy with Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP)-mask in HIV-infected children with recurrent pulmonary infections

A. Plebani, R. Pinzani, R. Startari, D. Brusa, R. Padoan

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Eight children with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and recurrent bacterial pulmonary infections were treated using a Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP)-mask twice a day for 12 months. At the end of the study, a reduction in the number of pulmonary infections [mean (SD) 2.1 (0.9) vs 4.5 (1) p <0.0001] and antibiotic courses [mean (SD) 1.5 (0.7) vs 2.4 (0.9) p <0.021] was noted. The PEP-mask is a chest physiotherapy technique for removing infected secretions and optimizing airway functions that is also useful in HIV-infected children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1195-1197
Number of pages3
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1997



  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) - mask
  • Pulmonary infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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