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Chest Wall Kinematics and Respiratory Muscle Action During Supine Breathing in Individuals With and Without Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

This study has been completed.
National Science Council, Taiwan
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National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: March 8, 2010
Last updated: March 9, 2010
Last verified: February 2010

Objective: To investigate the movement strategy of breathing based on three-compartment model measured by optoelectronic plethysmography (OEP) and electromyography (EMG ) among individuals with and without spinal cord injury in supine posture during deep inspiration.

Design: cross sectional repeated-measure with age matched control group. Setting: Motion Analysis Laboratory Participants: Seven tetraplegic and five paraplegic subjects and twelve age matched healthy controls were recruited.

Intervention: Not applicable.

Spinal Cord Injury

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Phase 0 Study of Chest Wall Kinematics and Respiratory Muscle Action During Supine Breathing in Individuals With and Without Spinal Cord Injury.

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Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Chest wall motion [ Time Frame: 6 months after spinal cord injury ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • ultrasonography [ Time Frame: 6 months after spinal cord injury ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: July 2005
Study Completion Date: July 2008
Primary Completion Date: July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Healthy group
control subjects
Paraplegic group
Paraplegic subjects
Tetraplegic group
tetraplegic subjects

Detailed Description:

Main Outcome Measures: The volume changes of chest wall and respiratory electromyographic ( EMG ) muscle activity were measured simultaneously by OEP and surface EMG. The variables included volume changes (ΔV ), ratio of volume changes (ΔVr ), peak velocity of volume changes ( PV ), the percentage of peak velocity occurs ( PPV ) in three compartments (upper thorax, UT; lower thorax, LT; and abdominal compartment, AB), and Root Mean Square EMG ( RMS EMG ) of sternocleidomastoid and diaphragm (combined with intercostalmuscles).

Results: Ttetraplegic individuals had smallerΔVUT andΔVLT than those of control subjects(P< .006 and .006, respectively). Furthermore, the ΔVr of AB was greater than those of UT and LT( P< .006, .006, respectively), PVAB was smaller than PVLT ( P< .006), PPVUT was greater than PPVLT and PPVAB ( P< .008, .008, respectively ). The paraplegic subjects had smallerΔVLT than that of control subjects ( P< .006 ). ΔVr of UT was greater than that of LT, and both PVUT and PVAB were greater than PVLT ( P< .006 and .006, respectively). However, the paraplegic subjects preferred to all three compartments to achieve the maximal inspiration, like control group. In control group, onlyΔVAB was comparable with other compartments. ΔVr of UT was greater than LT, and PVUT was greater than PVLT and PVAB ( P<.006 and .006, respectively). For the RMS EMG, it demonstrated that average RMS EMG of two muscles in both tetraplegic and paraplegic group were greater than that in control group (P< .017 and .017, respectively).

Conclusion: The results applied the three-compartment model of chest wall to investigate the breathing pattern by OEP in individuals with and without SCI during inspiration of vital capacity breathing in supine posture. There were some interesting findings that (1) the tetraplegic subjects used AB contributed most volume changes, they can expand the AB more easily, and the UT took the responsibility to performed the final adjust during the inspiration; (2) the paraplegic subjects used UT contributed the most volume changes, they expanded the both UT and AB more easily, and all three compartment moved together during the inspiration; (3) the control subjects used UT to increase the most volume changes, they can expand UT more than the others, and all three compartments moved together during the inspiration phase, (4) the results of RMS EMG showed that the central neural drive in both tetraplegic and paraplegic subjects were greater than control group.


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
community sample

Inclusion Criteria:

  • (1) motor complete loss below level of injury with American Spinal Injury Association Classification (ASIA) class A or B19;
  • (2) post-injury duration at least 0.5 year;
  • (3) male subject due to high incidence rate in Taiwan20and the necessity of total exposure of the chest wall during the data collection.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • (1) with any traumatic history of the chest wall,
  • (2) with any respiratory disease and musculoskeletal problem that interfered with the experimental protocol;
  • (3) having infections during the data collection period.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01084512

School and graduate institute of physical therapy
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
National Science Council, Taiwan
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kwan-Hwa Lin, National Taiwan University Identifier: NCT01084512     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9461701293
Study First Received: March 8, 2010
Last Updated: March 9, 2010

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
kinematic analysis,
three-compartment model,
chest wall motion,
spinal cord injury.

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Respiratory Aspiration
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Respiration Disorders
Respiratory Tract Diseases
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