Idiopathic Acute Lung Injury Following Thoracic Surgery

  • Philip M. Hartigan


This controversial and evolving topic deserves a brief discussion here as a dedicated chapter for two reasons. First, acute lung injury (ALI) is a leading cause of death following pulmonary resection, particularly pneumonectomy (1, 2). Second, putative causes have important direct implications to anesthetic management on two fronts


ALI Acute lung injury Postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema Idiopathic ALI following thoracic surgery Balanced drainage system 

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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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