Alveolar-membrane diffusing capacity improves in the morbidly obese after bariatric surgery.

@article{Zavorsky2008AlveolarmembraneDC,
  title={Alveolar-membrane diffusing capacity improves in the morbidly obese after bariatric surgery.},
  author={Gerald S Zavorsky and Do Jun Kim and J L Sylvestre and Nicolas V. Christou},
  journal={Obesity surgery},
  year={2008},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={256-63}
}
BACKGROUND Morbidly obese individuals may have impaired alveolar-membrane diffusing capacity (DmCO). The purpose of this study was to measure pulmonary diffusing capacity for NO (DLNO) as an index of DmCO pre- and postbariatric surgery in the morbidly obese. METHODS Twenty-one patients [age = 40 +/- 9 years, body mass index (BMI) = 48.5 +/- 7.2 kg/m2] with an excess weight of 72 +/- 17 kg scheduled for bariatric surgery were recruited. Pulmonary function and arterial blood-gases were measured… CONTINUE READING
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