Ultrasound evaluation of diaphragm function in children with chronic respiratory failure

Keith C. Kocis, Wayne I. Stemberger, David G. Nichols

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Introduction: Clinically, a noninvasive measure of diaphragm function is needed in children. We hypothesized that ultrasonography can quantify diaphragm function and identify those children with chronic respiratory failure. Methods: 15 children were studied prospectively with mean age=2.1±6.3 yrs (range=0-22). The following groups were studied: 1)children after cardiac surgery and immediately before successful extubation (normal); 2)children with chronic respiratory failure (chronic). Ultrasound measurements were made during breathing through a T piece before and after adding 5% carbon dioxide (CO2). The inspiratory (i) and expiratory (e) effort dependent measurements indexed for body surface area were: A)mean velocity (VELi(cm/sec/m2)) of the posterior diaphragm in transverse section, B)distance of the posterior diaphragm from the most anterior adrenal gland/kidney junction (D De (cm/m2)) and inspiratory time (T (sec/m2)) in sagittal section. The difference between Di and De (ΔD(cm/m2)) was calculated. Measurements were made in triplicate and averaged. Data were analyzed using independent Student's t test with p≤0.05 being significant. Results: (mean±sem) n VELi ΔD Ti Normal 10 8.5±1.6 1.9±0.4 1.7±0.2 Chronic S 2.7±0.9*0.8±0.2*0.8±0.2*Normal+CO 2 9 8.9±1.4 2.2±0.5 1.9±0.2 Chronic+CO2 4 4.6±2.4 0.5±0.2*1.0±0.2*(*=difference from Normal, p≤0.05) Conclusions: Ultrasonography can be used to quantify diaphragm function and discriminate between normal children and those with chronic respiratory failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A163
JournalCritical care medicine
Issue number1 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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