GEORGE C. LEINER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; SOL ABRAMOWITZ, B.S.; MAURICE J. SMALL, M.D., F.A.C.P.
It is commonly believed that the vital capacity of patients with obstructive or bullous pulmonary emphysema is more or less diminished; mild emphysema is supposed to be accompanied by slight reduction of the vital capacity, and the vital capacity decreases with increasing severity of emphysema. This view is supported by numerous statements in the literature, among them are Myers (1), "Emphysema unquestionably reduces the vital capacity of the lungs," and others (2-22). ". . . The vital capacity is often normal in size . . . As the disease progresses, the vital capacity falls . . . ," (Fletcher, Hugh-Jones,
LEINER GC, ABRAMOWITZ S, SMALL MJ. The Vital Capacity in Pulmonary Emphysema. Ann Intern Med. ;60:61–65. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-1-61
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(1):61-65.
Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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