An overview of respiratory muscle function

Clin Chest Med. 1994 Dec;15(4):619-39.


This article reviews the important features of respiratory muscle structure and function, including fiber types, fatigue, work and efficiency of breathing, neural connections, circulation, and mechanical properties. Emphasis is placed on the functional anatomy and the coordination and interaction of respiratory muscle action. Normal function is contrasted with the respiratory muscle dysfunction seen in patients with neuromuscular disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / complications
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / physiopathology
  • Respiratory Mechanics / physiology*
  • Respiratory Muscles / physiology*