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Pulmonary Effects of Anaesthesia and Surgery

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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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