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Preparing for Pulmonary Resection : Preoperative Evaluation of Patients

John J. Reilly
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From the Department of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston


1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1997;112(4_Supplement):206S-208S. doi:10.1378/chest.112.4_Supplement.206S
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Abstract

Preoperative evaluation of patients being considered for pulmonary resection is a common practice for both pulmonologists and internists. Traditionally, preoperative evaluation of this population has entailed identifying patients in whom pulmonary resection carries an unacceptably high risk of morbidity and mortality. However, recent advances in surgical technique and patient management have prompted a reconsideration of traditional preoperative approaches. This article reviews procedures currently used in the preoperative evaluation of patients considered for pulmonary resection, including the patient history, physical examination, and preoperative interventions, and addresses further evaluation of the high-risk patient.


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