Preferential reduction of quadriceps over respiratory muscle strength and bulk after lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis

Pinet, C.; Scillia, P.; Cassart, M.; Lamotte, M.; Knoop, C.; Mélot, C.; Estenne, M.
September 2004
Thorax;Sep2004, Vol. 59 Issue 9, p783
Academic Journal
The article presents a study on the bilateral lung transplantations performed for cystic fibrosis (CF). It analyses some of the patients who had undergone the transplantation process. The analysis reveals that, in patients transplanted for CF, the diaphragm and abdominal muscles have preserved strength and bulk, but the quadriceps is weak due to muscle atrophy. To understand the reason for muscle weakness, it is useful to know if muscle weakness is primarily due to a loss in muscle mass or if dysfunction at the level of the contractile apparatus is present.


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