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Crit Care Clin. 2010 Oct;26(4):597-602. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2010.06.008. Epub 2010 Jul 22.

Pulmonary system and obesity.

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Department of Critical Care Medicine, Geisinger Medical Center, 100 North Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822, USA.

Abstract

There are several challenges in the management of respiratory failure in the obese population. Pulmonary physiology is significantly altered leading to reduced lung volumes, decreased compliance, abnormal ventilation and perfusion relationships, and respiratory muscle inefficiency. These complications can lead to a prolonged requirement for mechanical ventilation and increased intensive-care-unit length of stay.

PMID:
20970044
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccc.2010.06.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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