Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism by measurement of alveolar dead space.

@article{Olsson1998DiagnosisOP,
  title={Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism by measurement of alveolar dead space.},
  author={Karl Sigvard Olsson and Bj{\"o}rn Jonson and Camilla Olsson and Per Wollmer},
  journal={Journal of internal medicine},
  year={1998},
  volume={244 3},
  pages={
          199-207
        }
}
OBJECTIVE Pulmonary embolism (PE) gives rise to alveolar dead space, which can be measured with a single breath test for CO2 (SBT-CO2). The characteristics of the SBT-CO2 are different in PE and other common conditions giving rise to alveolar dead space, notably airways disease. An analysis of alveolar dead space focusing on the late part of the breath (fDlate) has been suggested as a method for diagnosis of PE. Our aim was to evaluate this technique by comparison with lung scintigraphy… CONTINUE READING
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