Respiratory Effects of General Anesthesia

  • Philip M. Hartigan


Respiratory function is impaired by general anesthesia on ­multiple fronts (Table 4-1). In addition to anesthesia per se, aspects related to general anesthesia (supine position, paralysis, mechanical ventilation) impact respiratory function and efficiency.


Functional residual capacity Respiratory mechanics Airway resistance Respiratory compliance True shunt VD/VT 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip M. Hartigan
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  1. 1.Division of Thoracic Anaesthesia Department of AnaesthesiologyPerioperative and Pain Medicine, Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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