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Evaluation of Abdominal Expiratory Muscle Thickness Pattern, Diaphragmatic Excursion, and Lung Ultrasound Score in Critically Ill Patients and Their Association with Weaning Patterns: A Prospective Observational Study

P Vishwas, Sagar S Maddani, Srikant Natarajan

Keywords : Diaphragmatic excursion, Expiratory abdominal muscles, Expiratory muscle thickness pattern, External oblique, Internal oblique, Rectus abdominis, Transversus abdominis

Citation Information : Vishwas P, Maddani SS, Natarajan S. Evaluation of Abdominal Expiratory Muscle Thickness Pattern, Diaphragmatic Excursion, and Lung Ultrasound Score in Critically Ill Patients and Their Association with Weaning Patterns: A Prospective Observational Study. Indian J Crit Care Med 2022; 26 (3):307-313.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24125

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-03-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Introduction: The expiratory muscles are an indispensable component of respiratory function in critically ill patients, yet is often overlooked. We evaluated the association of abdominal expiratory muscles thickness pattern with weaning. Materials and methods: This was a single-center, prospective observational study done on 81 adult mechanically ventilated patients who underwent the weaning process. Results: Sixteen patients had simple weaning and 65 patients had either difficult or prolonged weaning. The mean and standard deviation (SD) of the thickness of expiratory abdominal muscles—rectus abdominis (RA), internal oblique (IO), external oblique (EO), and transversus abdominis (TA) were significantly more in patients with simple weaning than those with difficult or prolonged weaning. The receiver operating curve (ROC) of expiratory muscles showed RA, IO, EO, TA cut-offs 0.638, 0.492, 0.315, and 0.253 cm, respectively, to predict simple weaning. The pattern of expiratory muscle thickness RA > IO > EO > TA was maintained in both simple and difficult/prolonged weaning groups (p = 0.362). The ROC of diaphragmatic excursion (DE) for predicting simple weaning had cut-off 1.79 cm. The lung ultrasound score (LUS) was 5.75 ± 3.32 in the simple weaning group, compared to 9.71 ± 5.18 in the difficult/prolonged weaning group (p = 0.005). Conclusion: Abdominal expiratory muscles were significantly thicker in patients with simple weaning compared to those with difficult or prolonged weaning. The pattern of expiratory muscle thickness followed the pattern of RA > IO > EO > TA in both simple weaning and difficult or prolonged weaning groups. DE >1.79 cm predicted simple weaning and LUS was significantly lesser in patients with simple weaning (CTRI/2020/11/028895).

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