Preoperative prediction of pulmonary complications following thoracic surgery.

@article{Dales1993PreoperativePO,
  title={Preoperative prediction of pulmonary complications following thoracic surgery.},
  author={R. Dales and G. Dionne and J. Leech and M. Lunau and I. Schweitzer},
  journal={Chest},
  year={1993},
  volume={104 1},
  pages={
          155-9
        }
}
The ability of preoperative quality-of-life and physiologic variables to predict postoperative complications was tested in 117 consecutive patients undergoing thoracotomy for possible or definite lung cancer. Preoperatively, quality of life was globally assessed by the QLI and Sickness Impact Profile. Dyspnea was assessed by the Clinical Dyspnea Index and a modified Pneumoconiosis Research Unit question. Spirometry and maximal exercise testing were carried out in 115 and 46 subjects… Expand
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