Mass and fat infiltration of intercostal muscles measured by CT histogram analysis and their correlations with COPD severity.

@article{Park2014MassAF,
  title={Mass and fat infiltration of intercostal muscles measured by CT histogram analysis and their correlations with COPD severity.},
  author={Mi-Jung Park and Jae Min Cho and Kyung Nyeo Jeon and Kyung Soo Bae and Ho Cheol Kim and Dae Seob Choi and Jae Boem Na and Ho Cheol Choi and Hye Young Choi and Ji Eun Kim and Hwa Seon Shin},
  journal={Academic radiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={21 6},
  pages={711-7}
}
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by progressive respiratory function impairment and respiratory muscle dysfunction. We hypothesized that the mass and fat infiltration of respiratory muscles correlates with COPD severity and emphysema extent. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ninety-eight male patients with COPD underwent chest computed tomography (CT) and spirometry. The mass and fat infiltrations of intercostal and latissimus muscles were quantified… CONTINUE READING