oa South African Medical Journal - The effects of surgical operations on the physiology of respiration - a review of present knowledge

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



It is well established that after thoracic operations there is considerable interference with the mechanical function of the lungs, with reduction of vital capacity to about half the pre-operative value, and also reduction amounting to about one-third of the pre-operative value in the residual volume.

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