Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 3-14
  2. Aspects of Respiratory Muscles Physiology

  3. Aspects of Respiratory Muscles Pathophysiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. P. W. Collet, L. A. Engel
      Pages 89-93
    3. E. Fiaccadori, S. Del Canale, A. Guariglia
      Pages 111-123
    4. J. W. Fitting
      Pages 125-131
    5. M. Green, A. K. Mier, J. Moxham
      Pages 133-139
    6. J. Milic-Emili, S. B. Gottfried, A. Rossi
      Pages 141-148
    7. A. Rossi, R. Poggi, E. Manzin, C. Broseghini, R. Brandolese
      Pages 149-160
  4. Therapeutical Approaches

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 191-192

About these proceedings


While emphysema and chronic bronchitis are primarily lung di­ seases, one of their major consequences is to deeply affect the function of the respiratory muscles. Lung hyperinflation shortens the inspiratory muscles due to increased airways resistance, more of their effort is demanded and changes in nutritional status wea­ ken them further. Their malfunction can lead to severe dyspnea and to failure of the ventilatory pump. Over the last 10 years we have witnessed an explosion of information of how respiratory muscles function in health and disease, new techniques for their evaluation have been created, the concept of fatigue, weakness, and failure was developed, and their rest or training was attemp­ ted. The implication of respiratory muscles malfunction in respi­ ratory medicine has reached a prominent place. It seems remarkable that while some aspect of skeletal muscles function requires molecular biology techniques to find new an­ swers, we still know little on respiratory muscles interaction, stra­ tegies of coordination, their role in dyspnea, chronic hypercapnia or how to effectively improve their function in patients. This workshop was organized and held at the Medical Center of Rehabilitation in Montescano and represents an attempt to focus on how the newly adquired wealth of information can eventually be trasformed into medical care. The particpants in this workshop brought forward challenging thoughts and we are most grateful for their participation. This book represents a report of the proceedings and also provides the most updated information in this field.


biology breathing nutrition pathophysiology physiology skeletal muscle sleep

Editors and affiliations

  • A. Grassino
    • 1
  • C. Fracchia
    • 2
  • C. Rampulla
    • 2
  • L. Zocchi
    • 3
  1. 1.Meakins-Christie LaboratoriesMcGill University and Notre-Dame Hospital, University of MontrealCanada
  2. 2.Medical Centre of RehabilitationMontescano, PaviaItaly
  3. 3.Meakins-Christie LaboratoriesMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-3852-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-3850-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-2093
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