Pulmonary Effects of Anaesthesia and Surgery

  • G. M. Woerlee
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 18)


It has been appreciated for many years that anaesthesia and surgery exert a deleterious effect on pulmonary function, both during and after surgery. The alveolar-arterial oxygen gradient ((A-a)DO2), is increased during anaesthesia, and may remain elevated for some days postoperatively. Such an elevation of the (A-a)DO2 may be the cause of significant hypoxaemia, especially in the elderly, or those with disordered pulmonary function.


Functional Residual Capacity Pulmonary Effect Minute Duration Diaphragmatic Movement Lower Abdominal Surgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Woerlee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaUniversity Hospital of LeidenThe Netherlands

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