Intercostal muscle oxygenation and expiratory loaded breathing at rest: Respiratory pattern effect


In patients with airway obstruction, an increase in breathing frequency at rest is commonly associated with a dynamic hyperinflation (DH). In such a situation, intercostal muscle oxygenation may be disturbed. This hypothesis was examined in a context of simulated airway obstruction in healthy subjects. After a control period of 5 min, twelve participants (20 ± 2 years) breathed at rest through a 20-cmH2O expiratory threshold load, either by increasing or reducing their respiratory rate (ETLF+ or ETLFsingle bond). Tissue saturation index (TSI) and concentration changes in oxyhaemoglobin (oxy[Hb+Mb]) were measured as well as cardiorespiratory variables. Inspiratory capacity was decreased in ETLF+ (p textless 0.001) and correlated with dyspnea. An increase in oxy[Hb+Mb] occurred in ETLF+ that was higher than in ETLFsingle bond (p textless 0.01). TSI was not different between conditions. In healthy subjects at rest, an increase in respiratory rate during a simulated obstruction with an expiratory threshold load resulted in paradoxical response with DH emergence while intercostal muscle oxygenation was preserved.

Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology