Intra-abdominal Pressure and Chest Wall Interaction

  • M. Del Turco
  • F. Giunta
  • V. M. Ranieri


Acute lung injury (ALI) is characterized by of a reduction in functional residual capacity (FRC) and an increase in static elastance of the respiratory system [1]. Such increase in static elastance of the respiratory system is mostly due to alterations in the mechanical properties of the lung because of the leading role of the underlying pulmonary injury. However, recent studies [2, 3] have reported that chest wall elastance may also be increased in patients with ALI probably through the increase in abdominal pressure. This chapter will
  • discuss the physiology of the abdomen-chest wall interaction

  • describe the gold standard technique to measure intra-thoracic and abdominal pressures, and

  • discuss the mechanisms and potential clinical implications of increased intra-abdominal pressure (IAP).


Acute Lung Injury Abdominal Distension Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure Abdominal Compartment Syndrome Intraabdominal Pressure 
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  • M. Del Turco
  • F. Giunta
  • V. M. Ranieri

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