Preoperative Assessment of Respiratory Function & Its Consequences

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


The purpose of preoperative respiratory function assessment is to detect those patients whose respiratory function is likely to be seriously adversely affected by anaesthesia and surgery. In general it may be stated that the worse the preoperative lung function, the more likely it is that the patient will suffer significant postoperative exacerbation of existing pulmonary dysfunction [15,16,19]. Actual respiratory failure may occur postoperatively in patients with severe preoperative pulmonary disease.


Respiratory Function Breath Holding Total Lung Capacity Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Pulmonary Dysfunction 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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