Observational study of the effect of obesity on lung volumes.

  title={Observational study of the effect of obesity on lung volumes.},
  author={Joerg S Steier and Alan C. Lunt and Nicholas Hart and Michael Iain Polkey and John Moxham},
  volume={69 8},
BACKGROUND Severe obesity causes respiratory morbidity and mortality. The impact of obesity on the mechanics of breathing is not fully understood. PATIENTS AND METHODS We undertook a comprehensive observational study of lung volumes and elasticity in nine obese and nine normal weight subjects, seated and supine, during spontaneous breathing. Seated and supine total lung capacity (TLC) and subdivisions were measured by multibreath helium dilution method. Using balloon catheters, oesophageal… CONTINUE READING
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