Physiologic Changes in Respiratory Function

  • Edward J. Campbell


A substantial proportion of the excess operative risk among elderly patients is attributable to respiratory complications. The excess risk is explained in part by structural and functional changes in the respiratory system associated with aging. These changes are progressive even in individuals who enjoy apparently good health and are most marked beyond 60 years of age.


Functional Residual Capacity Ventilatory Response Total Lung Capacity Elastic Recoil Airway Closure 
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Supported in part by U.S. Public Health Service grant 46440.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Utah Health Sciences CenterSalt Lake CityUSA

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