Relatively few pneumonectomies have been performed in women in the childbearing age, the majority of such operative procedures being carried out for pulmonary cancer which occurs most often in men over 40.1 Because pregnancy following pneumonectomy has not previously been reported, we are reporting the case of a patient who was delivered of a full term infant two years after such an operation. The physiologic changes which occurred incident to the pregnancy, the increased oxygen demand, the increased blood volume and the increased work load on the heart were adequately handled by the cardiovascular and respiratory systems despite a reduction in the size of the pulmonary capillary bed by at least 50 per cent and a loss of more than half the lung parenchyma.
REPORT OF CASE
Mrs. M. O., a white primigravida aged 40, had had her right lung removed at the age of 37 because of grade
LONG JH, WESTER MR, WILLSON JR, ROSEMOND GP. CARDIOVASCULAR AND RESPIRATORY STUDIES IN PREGNANCY FOLLOWING PNEUMONECTOMY. JAMA. 1950;143(4):358–360. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.82910390002009a
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