Pulmonary Haemodynamics in “Pure” Emphysema

  • M. O. Mammosser
  • M. Apprill
  • R. Mirhom
  • M. Ehrhart
  • E. Weitzenblum
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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) leading to clinical “cor pulmonale” is often observed in patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).1,2 In fact, PH occurs mostly in COPD patients of the “bronchitic” type, the so-called “blue and bloated” patients.3,4It is less frequently observed in “pink puffer” patients of the “emphysematous” type.5,7 However, “pink puffer” is not synonymous with emphysematous, and a recent study8 has clearly shown that the correlation between the morphological grade of emphysema and the degree of hypoxaemia, hypercapnia and pulmonary hypertension was rather poor.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Pulmonary Hypertension Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patient Pulmonary Vascular Resistance Transfer Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. O. Mammosser
    • 1
  • M. Apprill
    • 1
  • R. Mirhom
    • 1
  • M. Ehrhart
    • 1
  • E. Weitzenblum
    • 1
  1. 1.Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Pavillon LaennecUniversity HospitalStrasbourgFrance

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