Assessment of Pulmonary Restriction in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A Preliminary Report
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 08/10/2012
West CR et al. – A vital capacity (VC) less than lower limit of normal (LLN) with a normal–to–high forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1)/VC ratio does not accurately predict pulmonary restriction in cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). When using spirometry to infer pulmonary restriction in cervical SCI, the authors recommend using a VC below 60% of the able–bodied (AB) predicted value.