Neuromuscular, neuromotor and other conditions

It’s often difficult for people with limited muscle strength or breathing challenges to clear secretions from their lungs.

Diseases and conditions that can result in excess mucus that blocks the airways include:

  •  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  •  Cerebral palsy (CP)
  •  Diaphragm disorders
  •  Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  •  Muscular dystrophy (MD)
  •  Quadriplegia
  •  Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  •  Other myotonic disorders
  •  Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD)
  •  Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (A1AD)

Uncleared excess mucus can lead to chronic inflammation and infections, causing permanent lung and respiratory function damage.1 Physicians prescribe airway clearance therapy to clear mucus before it builds up. This makes it harder for harmful bacteria to grow.2

Breathe easier, we can help

With a prescription from your doctor, our Philips respiratory care products, Philips Respironics CoughAssist T70 or Philips InCourage vest therapy, can be part of your journey to better breathing. Your doctor will determine the device that’s best for you and our respiratory specialists will help you get started on your therapy.

If you have questions or need more information, our knowledgeable respiratory care team is ready to assist.

Chris G., CA, Quadriplegic patient
I was introduced [to] vest therapy [with the] InCourage [system], which helped loosen up the secretions in my lungs to make it easier for me to cough up or suction out! It is very easy to operate, very comfortable to wear either in bed or in my wheel chair. I have been free of any kind of upper respiratory infection for four+ years now!*

Chris G., CA, Quadriplegic patient


1. Cole P. The damaging role of bacteria in chronic lung infection. J Antimicrob Chemother 1997;40 Suppl A:5-10.
2. American Thoracic Society. ATS Patient Education Series. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2017:195;15-16.

*Individual results may vary


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