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VOLUME 21 , ISSUE 7 ( 2017 ) > List of Articles


Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Approach in the Patient with Pulmonary Fibrosis in Critical Care Outpatient Department

Manu Goyal, Kanu Goyal, Kanimozhi Narkeesh, Asir John Samuel, Narkeesh Arumugam, Subhasish Chatterjee, Sorabh Sharma

Keywords : Dyspnea, lung fibrosis, manual therapy, pulmonary fibrosis, visceral osteopathy

Citation Information : Goyal M, Goyal K, Narkeesh K, Samuel AJ, Arumugam N, Chatterjee S, Sharma S. Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Approach in the Patient with Pulmonary Fibrosis in Critical Care Outpatient Department. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (7):469-472.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.210648

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-07-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


The purpose of the present case study was to explore the efficacy of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in patient with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) in the critical care outpatient department. Here, we present a 48-year-old male case with breathlessness, increased frequency of defecation, and pain in and around the nape of neck with diagnosed pulmonary fibrosis. He scored 3 on a patient-reported modified Medical Research Council (mMRC) dyspnea scale. Osteopathic examination reveals multiple somatic findings across the chest and abdominal region and treated by OMT. Pre- and post-intervention changes were assessed by the 13-item shortness of breath with daily activities (13iSOBDA). 27.2, 22, 16.4, and 11.8 were noted at the end of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th week of intervention, respectively, on 13iSOBDA while mMRC decreased from 3 to 1. OMT may be a feasible option in decreasing the symptoms of the PPF in the critical care outpatient department.

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