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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2002;26(6):781-784.
Measurement of Distance from Skin to Pleural Cavity in Interscapular Intercostal Space.
Kim, Koo , Lee, Kyoung Min , Kim, Kyeong Tae
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Dong-Eui Hospital, Korea. kimkoorm@naver.com
견갑골 내측 늑간 부위의 피부에서 흉강까지의 거리
동의병원 재활의학과
The purpose of this study is to measure the skin-pleura distance (SPD) of interscapular intercostal space and to correlated SPD with the individual constitutional data such as body-weight, height, obesity and body mass index (BMI; kg/m2).
We examined 50 patients (36 men and 14 women) who had no pathological abnormality in interscapular intercostal space. We measured the SPD in chest CT (GE sytec 3000i) study and also measured individual constitutional data of patients.
The average age of the subjects was 47.0⁑15.3 years, average weight was 59.0⁑9.7 kg, average height was 167.0⁑8.7 cm, average obesity was 98.4⁑14.9%, average BMI was 21.1⁑3.2 kg/m²and average SPD was 3.7⁑0.7 cm. There was no correlation of statistical significance between SPD, height and age. But there were statistically significant correlations between SPD, weight, obesity and BMI (p<0.01). Linear regression analysis of these data showed significant correlations between SPD and weight (p<0.01, y=0.109x⁣2.744), obesity (p<0.01, y=0.092x⁣5.367) and BMI (p<0.01, y=0.380x⁣4.301).
We conclude that the approach considering the correlations between SPD and obesity or BMI will be helpful in reducing pleural puncture during any injection on interscapular intercostal space. (J Korean Acad Rehab Med 2002; 26: 781-784)
Key Words: Distance of skin-pleura (SPD), Body mass index, Pneumothorax
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