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Respiratory muscles in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Fitting JW.
Swiss Med Wkly 2001;131:483–486

Review article
Peer reviewed article


For a long time, the respiratory muscles have been neglected being considered as part of a simple “bellows” mechanism by physiologists and pulmonary physicians. Things have now markedly changed and research has been particularly active in this field over the past twenty years. The scientific community recognised the central importance of respiratory muscles in some diseases, particularly in neuromuscular disorders and in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This brief review is intended to summarise the current knowledge on respiratory muscle function in COPD and and its relevance for clinical practice.

Division de pneumologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland

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