Blood transfusion and lung function in chronically anemic patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Schoenhofer1998BloodTA,
  title={Blood transfusion and lung function in chronically anemic patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Bernd Schoenhofer and Markus Wenzel and M. Geibel and Dieter Koehler},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={1998},
  volume={26 11},
  pages={1824-8}
}
OBJECTIVE To study in anemic patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) whether blood transfusion reduces minute ventilation and work of breathing (WOB). DESIGN We prospectively evaluated the minute ventilation and WOB in 20 anemic adults (hemoglobin of <11 g/dL). Ten patients had severe COPD and ten patients were without lung disease. Measurements were made before and after receiving red blood cell transfusion; post-transfusion measurements were made 24 to 36 hrs after the… CONTINUE READING
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