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Assessment of the Function of Respiratory Muscles in Patients after COVID-19 Infection and Respiratory Rehabilitation

Trop Med Infect Dis. 2023 Jan 12;8(1):57. doi: 10.3390/tropicalmed8010057.


OBJECTIVES: The MIP (maximum inspiratory pressure) and MEP (maximum expiratory pressure) are sensitive indicators of respiratory muscle function. The aim of the study was to assess the function of respiratory muscles in patients after COVID-19 infection, before and after hospitalisation at the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Ward.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted on a group of 19 people with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection, who, in the period from 1 February to 31 May 2021, were hospitalised at the Independent Public Pulmonary Hospital and underwent respiratory rehabilitation in hospital conditions. A statistical analysis was performed using the STATISTICA package, ver. 10. A respiratory pressure meter (RP Check) was used to measure muscle strength. Measurements were performed twice on each patient-before admission and after hospitalisation in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Ward.

RESULTS: We show that conducting pulmonary rehabilitation contributes to the increase in MIP and MEP, which are associated with increased strength of the inspiratory and expiratory muscles. The average value of MIP increased by 11.95 cmH2O and MEP by 26.16 cmH2O. The improvement was visible in both female and male patients.

CONCLUSIONS: Pulmonary rehabilitation contributes to the improvement of respiratory muscle function indicators among patients after COVID-19 infection. Assessment of the MIP and MEP indices is a simple and quick way to reliably assess the function of the respiratory muscles.

PMID:36668964 | DOI:10.3390/tropicalmed8010057

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