Respiratory consequences of abdominal hernia in a patient with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The diaphragm is the most important muscle of respiration. It is believed that the abdominal contents affect diaphragmatic contraction by helping determine its length tension state and by acting as a fulcrum for this muscle to lift the rib cage and thereby increase lung volume. In support of these concepts we describe a patient with severe chronic… (More)