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Pulmonary gas transfer 20 years after pneumonectomy for pulmonary tuberculosis.
  1. F Gimeno,
  2. J K Kraan,
  3. N G Orie,
  4. R Peset

    Abstract

    The changes in pulmonary function after pneumonectomy in 13 patients with pulmonary tuberculosis have been studied. The data at the time of two follow-up studies are compared with those obtained before the pneumonectomy. The first follow-up was carried out between 5 and 30 months postoperatively and the second between 20 and 24 years later. The results of this second follow-up show a relatively normal arterial oxygen saturation and gas transfer factor but an increased residual volume which cannot be explained by increasing age alone.

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