A. J. Cuomo, M.D.; J. Oury, M.D.; D. Reid, M.D.; K. M. Moser, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The ability of a patient to maintain adequate pulmonary function after pulmonary resection depends on the contribution to overall function made by the lobe or lung to be resected and on the functional adequacy of residual lung. Standard physiologic methods for assessing pulmonary function can indicate a patient's overall functional status but not the regional distribution of function. We have employed ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintiphotography, in addition to standard methods, to supply topographic functional data in patients considered for resection. Seven patients proposed for lobectomy or pneumonectomy demonstrated pulmonary dysfunction, which generated controversy regarding their suitability for resection. In four patients,
Cuomo AJ, Oury J, Reid D, et al. Ventilation/Perfusion Scintiphotography in the Preoperative Evaluation of Patients for Pulmonary Resection.. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:840. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-840_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):840.
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