Analysis of risk factors for postoperative pulmonary complications in head and neck surgery.

@article{Rao1992AnalysisOR,
  title={Analysis of risk factors for postoperative pulmonary complications in head and neck surgery.},
  author={M. K. Govind Rao and Thomas E. Reilley and David E. Schuller and Donn C. Young},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
  year={1992},
  volume={102 1},
  pages={45-7}
}
Preoperative pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are unproven in their predictive value for postoperative pulmonary complications. There is a lack of prospective outcome studies upon which to form an opinion, particularly regarding noncavitary surgery. Seventy-three head and neck surgery patients were prospectively evaluated with preoperative PFTs, arterial blood gas analysis (ABG), medical history, and physical examination. Age, anesthesia duration, forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1… CONTINUE READING

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