Inspiratory muscle endurance testing: Pulmonary ventilation and electromyographic analysis

Maria Elizabeth P. Nobre, Fernand Lopes, Luciana Cordeiro, Patrícia E.M. Marinho, Thayse N.S. Silva, César Amorim, Lawrence P. Cahalin, Armèle Dornelas de Andrade

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Abstract

This study analyzed regional pulmonary ventilation and electromyographic (EMG) activity of the respiratory muscles during an inspiratory muscle endurance (IME) test in 10 young women. Radioaerosol (99mTc-DTPA) was generated using a jet nebulizer connected to a linear inspiratory loading system. The lung scintigraphic analysis showed an increase in the radioaerosol deposition using loads of 20 and 30 cmH2O (p < 0.01). The vertical gradient showed a larger radioaerosol deposition in the medium third of the lungs during the control period (p < 0.001). There were larger amounts of radioaerosol deposition in the medium third when compared with the upper and lower third at 30 cmH2O (p < 0.001). The horizontal gradient showed a larger deposition in the intermediate and central segments during all phases (p < 0.00). Electromyographic activity from the muscles of the lower rib cage increased with loads of 20 and 30 cmH2O (p < 0.03). There was an increase in deposition of radioaerosol when the load increased (r = 0.584, p = 0.000 for the left lung and r = 0.609, p = 0.000 for right lung). These findings suggest that during the IME test, EMG activity in the muscles of the lower rib cage increase during progressive respiratory workloads is associated with a greater radioaerosol deposition in the medium third and intermediate and central segments of the lungs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
JournalRespiratory Physiology and Neurobiology
Volume155
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Electromyography
  • Pulmonary ventilation
  • Respiratory function
  • Respiratory muscles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Nobre, M. E. P., Lopes, F., Cordeiro, L., Marinho, P. E. M., Silva, T. N. S., Amorim, C., Cahalin, L. P., & Dornelas de Andrade, A. (2007). Inspiratory muscle endurance testing: Pulmonary ventilation and electromyographic analysis. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 155(1), 41-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resp.2006.04.005