Improvements in Perimeter Thoracic Mobility on Patients with COPD after Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Case Series
Camilo Corbellini 1, Elena Rossino 2, Roxana Massaccesi 3, Andrea Battaglino 4, Paolo Pedersini 4, Eleuterio A. Sánchez Romero 5 * , Jorge Hugo Villafañe 4
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1 Department of Physiotherapy, LUNEX International University of Health, Exercise and Sports, LUXEMBOURG
2 AOU San Luigi Gonzaga, Orbassano, ITALY
3 Casa di Cura Villa Serena, Piossasco (TO), ITALY
4 IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, ITALY
5 Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Villaviciosa de Odón, Madrid, SPAIN
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Purpose: To evaluate if the perimeter thoracic mobility (PTM) improvements could be identified by measuring its perimeter during pulmonary rehabilitation (PR), searching for its correlations with standards clinical and functional assessments.
Design: A case series.
Methods: Twenty patients underwent a PR and accessed the arterial blood gas analyses, FVC, FEV1, FEV/FEV1, 6-minute walk test (6MWT), and the PTM measurement assessed at the angle of the Louis level and the xiphoid process level.
Results: PR improved PTM on the angle of Louis (p=0.03) but not on the xiphoid process. These improvements are negatively correlated with improvements in PaCO2.
Conclusions: In COPD patients, a successful PR is accompanied by a reduction of the upper chest wall resting perimeter and by an improvement of the perimeter thoracic mobility.
Clinical relevance: The centimeter tape is a useful device able to identify PTM improvements in COPD patients.


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ELECTRON J GEN MED, 2022 - Volume 19 Issue 3, Article No: em361

Publication date: 02 Feb 2022

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