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diaphragm ultrasound: too bad i dont know how to do it

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Michael R Baria, Leili Shahgholi, Eric J Sorenson, Caitlin J Harper, Kaiser G Lim, Jeffrey A Strommen, Carl D Mottram, Andrea J Boon
BACKGROUND: Electromyographic evaluation of diaphragmatic neuromuscular disease in patients with COPD is technically difficult and potentially high risk. Defining standard values for diaphragm thickness and thickening ratio using B-mode ultrasound may provide a simpler, safer means of evaluating these patients. METHODS: Fifty patients with a diagnosis of COPD and FEV₁ < 70% underwent B-mode ultrasound. Three images were captured both at end expiration (Tmin) and at maximal inspiration (Tmax)...
September 2014: Chest
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