Table 3—

Clinical characteristics of the regional diaphragm study#

Age yrsSexBMICause of deathCorticosteroids mg·day−1Mechanical ventilationRespiratory diagnoses
66F30.8Respiratory failureNNCOPD, pulmonary oedema
54F33.6StrokeN<24 hChurg-Strauss syndrome
62M27.3Cardiac arrestN<24 hN
78M30.3Respiratory failure10<1 hCOPD, pneumonia
64M17.4Failed liver transplantY4 daysN
67F20.4Cardiac arrestN<1 hPulmonary haemmorhage
51M20.2StrokeN<48 hPneumonia
60F25.2Cancer breast and liverNNN
81M22.8LymphomaNNPulmonary oedema
60M28.0ShockY past<48 hAspiration pneumonia
54M25.8Respiratory failureN3 daysBronchiolitis obliterans
78F27.4Myocardial infarctionNNN
27MN/AHeroine overdose1NRetained secretions
82FN/AAlzheimer'sNNRetained secretions
74FN/AMyocardial infarctionNNN
76M22.7ArrhythmiaN<24 hLung cancer
60M25.0Aortic aneurysmN<1 hN
49M29.7SepsisY48 hPneumonia, pleural effusion
  • BMI: body mass index; M: male; F: female; N: none; Y: yes; FEV1: forced expiratory volume in one second; COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. #: mean±se age: 63.5±13.9; BMI: 25.8±4.5.