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Chronic Alveolar Hypoventilation Helps To Maintain the Inspiratory Muscle Effort of COPD Patients Within Sustainable Limits*

Paul Bégin, MD, PhD; Alejandro Grassino, MD
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*From the Complexe hospitalier de la Sagamie (Dr. Bégin) and Hôpital Notre-Dame du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (Drs. Bégin and Grassino), Canada.

Correspondence to: Paul Bégin, MD, Complexe hospitalier de la Sagamie, 305, Rue St-Vallier, Quebec PQ, Canada G7H 5H6



Chest. 2000;117(5_suppl_1):271S-273S. doi:10.1378/chest.117.5_suppl_1.271S
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Abbreviations: Pi = inspiratory pressure; Pimax = maximal inspiratory pressure; Ti/Tt = inspiratory duty cycle; TTi = tension-time index of the inspiratory muscles; V̇a = alveolar ventilation; V̇co2 = carbon dioxide output; Vd/Vt = physiologic dead space ventilation; Z = mechanical impedance

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