Pulmonary Issues in the Elderly Patient

  • Anup Pamnani
  • Cynthia A. Lien
  • G. Alec Rooke


The anatomical and physiological changes to the respiratory system that accompany aging pose a unique set of challenges to the anesthesiologist caring for the geriatric patient. In addition, the elderly patient is prone to multiple comorbid conditions that predispose to the development of respiratory failure (Fig. 15.1).


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Obstructive Sleep Apnea Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Pulmonary Complication Geriatric Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anup Pamnani
    • 1
  • Cynthia A. Lien
    • 2
  • G. Alec Rooke
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, New York HospitalWeill Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineUniversity of Washington Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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