Respiratory Function after Cardiac Surgery

  • F. Clergue
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Pulmonary complications are not rare events after thoracic and cardiac surgery. Left lower lobe atelectasis is reported to be present in 86–90% of patients during the immediate postoperative period of cardiac surgery [1]. In patients undergoing thoracic surgery for lung cancer, the first factor involved in postoperative mortality, which ranges from 2.1% to 12.4%, is related to postoperative pulmonary complications [2]. Postoperative respiratory complications are less frequent after cardiac surgery than after thoracic surgery for lung cancer, but postoperative pneumonias, which are still observed in 0.6% of patients undergoing coronary bypass surgery, are still responsible for the second factor increasing the length of hospital stay, after wound infection [3].


Phrenic Nerve Functional Residual Capacity Postoperative Pulmonary Complication Transdiaphragmatic Pressure Diaphragm Function 
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