oa South African Medical Journal - Postoperative pulmonary morbidity

Volume 59, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Postoperative pulmonary complications, the most common of which are atelectasis and pneumonia, are due largely to the pathophysiological effects on the lungs of anaesthesia and surgery as well as preexisting disease, in particular chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD).

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