SIMON FRASER / RVI, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SIMON FRASER / RVI, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Physiotherapist instructing the mother of a young Cystic Fibrosis patient in the performance of "autogenic drainage", a massage technique aimed at relieving the build-up of mucus secretions in the girl's lungs. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder that results in an overproduction of thick mucus, which obstructs the bronchi, intestinal glands & pancreas. Severe respiratory infections are a common complication. Advances in molecular genetics have resulted in the identification of the CF gene, which is used as the basis for diagnostic tests & subsequent counselling of CF gene carriers.
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