Respiratory mechanics in ARDS
Diagnostic and prognostic value of the assessment of respiratory mechanics in patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) has been extensively investigated and clearly defined [1–3]. Most studies have investigated the role of compliance and resistance of the total respiratory system in ARDS patients, but only few studies separately considered the relative contributions of the lung and the chest wall. Partitioning of the respiratory mechanics into its lung and chest wall components, in fact, needs the use of an esophageal balloon which is considered, by the majority of physicians, a waste of time and a tedious technique. However, it may allow better definition of the pathophysiology of ARDS in order to improve the consequent clinical management.
KeywordsLung Volume Acute Respiratory Failure Respir Crit Functional Residual Capacity Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
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