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The effects of minor and moderately severe accidental chest injuries on pulmonary function in man.
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PMID:  6535584     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pulmonary function has been measured at intervals after direct chest injuries of mild and moderate severity in 46 patients. Ventilatory capacity (e.g. FEV1) and vital capacity were reduced and the residual volume was increased. Total lung capacity and alveolar volume were also reduced and as a result total pulmonary diffusing capacity (transfer factor) was decreased, however, the remaining lung had a normal diffusion coefficient. Intercostal nerve block at the fracture site did not improve ventilatory capacity although marked pain relief was achieved. Recovery was slower in those patients not admitted to hospital than in the more seriously injured patients who were admitted. It is suggested that more attention should be paid to the outpatient follow-up of such patients, perhaps paying particular attention to physiotherapy.
R A Little; D W Yates; R E Atkins; P Bithell; M Stansfield
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of emergency medicine     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0264-4924     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Emerg Med     Publication Date:  1984 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-08-19     Completed Date:  1985-08-19     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8500828     Medline TA:  Arch Emerg Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-38     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Forced Expiratory Volume
Lung / physiopathology*
Lung Volume Measurements
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Diffusing Capacity
Rib Fractures / physiopathology
Thoracic Injuries / complications*,  etiology
Vital Capacity

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