Alternative Measurements of Cough Pressure and Effects of Epidural Anaesthesia on Cough Pressure (ESPIRATOS)
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Pressure generated by cough is an expression of expiratory muscle strength. Cough pressure (Pcough) is usually measured with gastric and/or esophageal catheters, but these are often either inconvenient or uncomfortable for the patient. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether central venous, vesical or rectal catheters could be useful to measure cough pressures as alternative sites to standard esophageal and gastric balloons.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Patients aged 18 to 75 years and scheduled for colon cancer surgery were recruited.
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Rectal surgery, advanced cancer, abdominal wall disorders, respiratory or neuromuscular illness, body mass index > 30, chronic pain, pregnancy and inability to cough adequately.