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Assessment of ventilatory neuromuscular drive in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
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PMID:  9698801     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The presence of abnormalities of the respiratory center in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients and their correlation with polysomnographic data are still a matter of controversy. Moderately obese, sleep-deprived OSA patients presenting daytime hypersomnolence, with normocapnia and no clinical or spirometric evidence of pulmonary disease, were selected. We assessed the ventilatory control and correlated it with polysomnographic data. Ventilatory neuromuscular drive was evaluated in these patients by measuring the ventilatory response (VE), the inspiratory occlusion pressure (P.1) and the ventilatory pattern (VT/TI, TI/TTOT) at rest and during submaximal exercise, breathing room air. These analyses were also performed after inhalation of a hypercapnic mixture of CO2 (delta P.1/delta PETCO2, delta VE/delta PETCO2). Average rest and exercise ventilatory response (VE: 12.2 and 32.6 l/min, respectively), inspiratory occlusion pressure (P.1: 1.5 and 4.7 cmH2O, respectively), and ventilatory pattern (VT/TI: 0.42 and 1.09 l/s; TI/TTOT: 0.47 and 0.46 l/s, respectively) were within the normal range. In response to hypercapnia, the values of ventilatory response (delta VE/delta PETCO2: 1.51 l min-1 mmHg-1) and inspiratory occlusion pressure (delta P.1/delta PETCO2: 0.22 cmH2O) were normal or slightly reduced in the normocapnic OSA patients. No association or correlation between ventilatory neuromuscular drive and ventilatory pattern, hypersomnolence score and polysomnographic data was found; however a significant positive correlation was observed between P.1 and weight. Our results indicate the existence of a group of normocapnic OSA patients who have a normal awake neuromuscular ventilatory drive at rest or during exercise that is partially influenced by obesity.
L R Bittencourt; S M Moura; M C Bagnato; L C Gregório; S Tufik; L E Nery
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brazilian journal of medical and biological research = Revista brasileira de pesquisas médicas e biológicas / Sociedade Brasileira de Biofísica ... [et al.]     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0100-879X     ISO Abbreviation:  Braz. J. Med. Biol. Res.     Publication Date:  1998 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-10-06     Completed Date:  1998-10-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8112917     Medline TA:  Braz J Med Biol Res     Country:  BRAZIL    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  505-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Divisão Respiratória, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brasil.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Test
Hypercapnia / physiopathology
Middle Aged
Obesity / complications
Respiratory Function Tests
Respiratory Muscles / physiopathology*
Sleep Apnea Syndromes / complications,  physiopathology*
Statistics, Nonparametric

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