Effects of noninvasive ventilation on lung hyperinflation in stable hypercapnic COPD.

@article{Diaz2002EffectsON,
  title={Effects of noninvasive ventilation on lung hyperinflation in stable hypercapnic COPD.},
  author={O. Diaz and Paul B{\'e}gin and B Torrealba and Eli Jover and Carmen Lisboa},
  journal={The European respiratory journal},
  year={2002},
  volume={20 6},
  pages={1490-8}
}
Two previous uncontrolled studies have suggested that noninvasive mechanical ventilation (NIMV) in patients with hypercapnic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) improves arterial blood gas tensions by decreasing lung hyperinflation with the consequent reduction in inspiratory loads and changes in ventilatory pattern. The aim of this randomised placebo-controlled study was to determine whether these mechanisms play a pivotal role in the effects of NIMV on arterial blood gases. Thirty… CONTINUE READING

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