Respiratory muscle dysfunction in systemic lupus erythematosus.

An assessment of pulmonary mechanics revealed weakness of inspiratory and expiratory muscles as cause of the restrictive ventilatory defect (vital capacity: 47 +/- 10 percent predicted) in seven (ages 33 to 62 years) out of 26 consecutive patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Maximal inspiratory transdiaphragmatic pressures were reduced mainly… CONTINUE READING