Sixty-one patients undergoing pulmonary resection were studied pre- and post-operatively by spirometry, arterial gas determination, and quantitative ventilation/perfusion lung scanning. Our results showed that ventilation and/or perfusional scintigraphic scanning is currently the most reliable method in identifying patients at risk for postoperative respiratory insufficiency. Specifically, this technique was successful in detecting pulmonary areas other than those to be resected presenting ventilation or perfusional abnormalities. Therefore, the technique is particularly useful in predicting residual pulmonary function.
|Translated title of the contribution||Evaluation of the respiratory function by lung scintigraphy in patients candidates for pulmonary resection|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Giornale di Chirurgia|
|Publication status||Published - May 1997|
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