Respiratory muscles: strengths and weaknesses

December 2003
Thorax;Dec2003 Supplement 3, Vol. 58, piii3
Academic Journal
Diagnosing expiratory muscle weakness is of clinical importance, particularly in patients with neuromuscular disease. Weakness may predispose to chest infections, impair cough and increase mortality. Maximal expiratory mouth pressure is a well-established test used to assess expiratory muscle strength. Patients with muscular dystrophy are increasingly commonly referred to respiratory services for consideration of non-invasive ventilation (NIV). To help plan the future need for NIV in this population, researchers have looked at the mortality statistics for this group of patients. Cough has a vital protective role in clearing secretions and foreign bodies from the lower respiratory tract. Patients with bulbar Motor Neurone Disease lose the glottic contribution to cough.


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