Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Online ISSN : 2187-5626
Print ISSN : 0915-5287
ISSN-L : 0915-5287
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The Effect of Position on Measured Lung Capacity of Patients with Spinal Cord Injury
Myoung-Kwon KimGak Hwangbo
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2012 Volume 24 Issue 8 Pages 655-657


[Purpose] To determine whether position affects measured lung capacity of spinal cord injury patients. [Subjects] The study subjects were 45 patients with spinal cord injury (cervical level 15, thoracic level 15, lumbar level 15). Subjects were provided with a full explanation of the experimental procedures and all provided written consent signifying their voluntary participation. [Methods] We used a spirometer (Spirometer, Micromedical Ltd, UK) to measure pulmonary function in the supine and sitting positions (straightened upper body at an angle of 90°). Forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume during the first second (FEV1), tidal volume (TV), and maximum insufflation capacity (MIC) were also measured. [Results] FVC, FEV1, TV, MIC (%) were greater in the supine than in the sitting position for those with injury at the cervical or thoracic injury level. On the other hand, FVC, FEV1, TV, MIC (%) were lower in the supine position for those with an injury at the lumbar level. [Conclusion] More attention should be paid to the effect of injury level on measured lung capacity.

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