ROBERT M. ROGERS, M.D.; DAVID E. KUHL, M.D.; RICHARD W. HYDE, M.D.; ROBERT L. MAYOCK, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Measurement of pulmonary function is important in the preoperative evaluation of patients with resectable pulmonary disease to insure that the surgery will not result in pulmonary disability or insufficiency. Preoperative judgments of this type must be made more frequently today due to the prevalence of bronchogenic carcinoma and emphysema in our older population. Furthermore, the contribution of effective postoperative ventilatory support and more precise techniques for preoperative evaluation has extended our ability to operate on many patients previously considered inoperable.
Simple ventilatory studies and fluoroscopy are sufficient to evaluate the preoperative pulmonary status of 75 to 85% of patients undergoing
ROGERS RM, KUHL DE, HYDE RW, MAYOCK RL. Measurement of the Vital Capacity and Perfusion of Each Lung by Fluoroscopy and Macroaggregated Albumin Lung Scanning: An Alternative to Bronchospirometry for Evaluating Individual Lung Function. Ann Intern Med. ;67:947–956. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-5-947
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(5):947-956.
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