Imaging respiratory muscle quality and function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

The objective of this study was to assess respiratory muscle quality and function in DMD using magnetic resonance imaging and to determine the relationship to clinical respiratory function.MethodsIndividuals with DMD (n = 36) and unaffected controls (n = 12) participated in this cross sectional magnetic resonance imaging study. Participants underwent dynamic imaging of the thorax to assess diaphragm and chest wall mobility and chemical shift-encoded imaging of the chest and abdomen to determine fatty infiltration of the accessory respiratory muscles. Additionally, clinical pulmonary function measures were obtained.ResultsThoracic cavity area was decreased in individuals with DMD compared to controls during tidal and maximal breathing. Individuals with DMD had reduced chest wall movement in the anterior –posterior direction during maximal inspirations and expirations, but diaphragm descent during maximal inspirations (normalized to height) was only decreased in a subset of individuals with maximal inspiratory pressures less than 60% predicted. Muscle fat fraction was elevated in all three expirat ory muscles assessed (p 
Source: Journal of Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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Source: Neuropediatrics - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Short Communication Source Type: research
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Source: Neuromuscular Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Der Nervenarzt - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Nervenarzt Source Type: research
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