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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-11868

Renggli, A S; Verges, S; Notter, D A; Spengler, C M (2008). Development of respiratory muscle contractile fatigue in the course of hyperpnoea. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, 164(3):366-372.

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To assess the development of inspiratory and expiratory muscle fatigue during normocapnic hyperpnoea, we studied fourteen healthy men performing 8min hyperpnoea, 6min pause, 8min hyperpnoea, etc., until task failure. Twitch transdiaphragmatic (P(di,tw)) and gastric (P(ga,tw)) pressures were measured during cervical and thoracic magnetic nerve stimulation, before hyperpnoea, after every 8min of hyperpnoea, and at task failure (i.e., at 25.3+/-4.7min). P(di,tw) decreased during the first 16min (-28+/-7%, p<0.001) and P(ga,tw) during the first 8min (-20+/-7%, p<0.001) of hyperpnoea without further change until task failure. During inspiration, the pressure-time-product of oesophageal pressure (PTP(oes)) increased relative to PTP(di) during the first 16min (+11+/-21%, p<0.05). Similarly, during expiration, PTP(oes) increased relative to PTP(ga) during the first 8min (+10+/-16%, p<0.05). Also, blood lactate concentration and respiratory sensations significantly increased during the first 8min (+1.0+/-0.5mmoll(-1), p<0.001) and 16min (breathlessness +1.6+/-1.8 points, respiratory effort +5.9+/-2.2points, p<0.001), respectively. We conclude that, during hyperpnoea, contractile fatigue of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles develops long before task failure and may trigger an increased recruitment of rib cage muscles.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Date:31 December 2008
Deposited On:28 Jan 2009 10:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:55
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.resp.2008.08.008
PubMed ID:18801466

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