oa South African Medical Journal - Net and gross lung failure among patients sent for pulmonary function testing

Volume 46, Issue 14
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In investigating whether a useful purpose could be served by classifying patients thought to have lung failure into those with a wide alveolar to arterial oxygen gradient (net lung failure), and those with underventilation (gross lung failure), the blood gases of 107 consecutive patients sent for lung function were measured.

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