Chest wall strapping. An old physiology experiment with new relevance to small airways diseases.

@article{Eberlein2014ChestWS,
  title={Chest wall strapping. An old physiology experiment with new relevance to small airways diseases.},
  author={Michael Eberlein and G A Schmidt and Roy G. Brower},
  journal={Annals of the American Thoracic Society},
  year={2014},
  volume={11 8},
  pages={
          1258-66
        }
}
Chest wall strapping (CWS) induces breathing at low lung volumes. Mild to moderate obesity can lead to similar changes in lung volumes, due to chest wall and abdominal restriction. Chest wall strapping is also conceptually similar to a mismatch between significantly oversized donor lungs transplanted into a recipient with a smaller chest cavity. Chest wall strapping increases lung elastic recoil, reduces pulmonary compliance, and substantially increases maximal expiratory flows. The… CONTINUE READING
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