Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease

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


Chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD) comprises the syndromes of asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. All these disease are characterized by obstruction of the small airways which manifests predominantly during expiration. The degree of airway obstruction is not as great during inspiration, as the small airways are held open by lung parenchyma in this phase of respiration. The anaesthetic problems associated with COAD have been well reviewed recently [1,2], and the anaesthetically most significant points are discussed below.


Respiratory Depression Small Airway Bronchial Secretion Oxygen Administration Motor Nerve Terminal 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

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

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