PMID: 6625340Oct 1, 1983

Ventilatory control after pulmonary resection

The American Review of Respiratory Disease
P A EastonN R Anthonisen


Because pulmonary resection decreases pulmonary compliance, the effects of resection on ventilation might be similar to the known effects of elastic loading. We evaluated the breathing pattern and ventilatory drive in 12 patients before and after pulmonary resection with mean tissue loss of 4 segments. During resting ventilation, the only significant change after resection was a decrease in inspiratory time (Tl). At a higher level of minute ventilation (VE), induced by CO2 rebreathing, significant changes included increased respiratory frequency, decreased tidal volume and Tl, and increased occlusion pressure (P0.1). Both ventilation and occlusion pressure responses to CO2 (delta VE/delta PACO2, delta P0.1/delta PACO2) were unchanged after resection. We conclude that increased ventilation induced by CO2 rebreathing unmasks a breathing pattern after pulmonary resection which is similar to that seen with breathing against an external elastic load.

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