Donald J de Pinto

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The mechanisms for symptomatic improvement following lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema are poorly understood. We hypothesized that enhanced neuromechanical coupling of the diaphragm is an important factor in this improvement. We studied seven patients with diffuse emphysema before and 3 mo after surgery. Patients showed improvements in 6-min(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES We previously reported that patients with emphysema show an increase in diaphragmatic neuromechanical coupling at 3 months after lung volume reduction surgery. Diaphragmatic neuromechanical coupling was quantified as the quotient of tidal volume (normalized to total lung capacity) to tidal change in transdiaphragmatic pressure (normalized(More)
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