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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Thoracic Endoscopy
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus
Online ISSN 1827-1723
Solidoro P., Rapellino M.
Respiratory muscles are both cause and target of respiratory failure. Some neuro-muscular diseases are cause of pump failure and hypoxemia even with a normal lung. On the other hand in case of chronic lung failure respiratory muscles have a lower performance because of a lower oxygen feeding. Physiology and pathophysiology of muscular function can help in understanding both 1) mechanisms of ''substitution'' of muscular pump in case of fatigue with mechanical ventilation and 2) training of a weak muscle with rehabilitation.