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Pulmonary Function after Lymphography

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: (Published 29 December 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:775
  1. R. J. White,
  2. J. A. W. Webb,
  3. A. K. Tucker,
  4. K. M. Foster


    The effects of lymphography on ventilatory function and gas transfer factor were studied in nine patients. Serial measurements made up to one month showed no change in the forced expiratory volume in one second or vital capacity. A small but reversible fall in transfer factor was found. The greatest reduction was at 24 or 48 hours. It was concluded that patients with normal lungs are unlikely to encounter difficulties but that patients with severe lung disease require careful assessment before lymphography.

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