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November 25, 1950

The Respiratory Function in Laryngectomized Patients

JAMA. 1950;144(13):1138. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920130090052

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Abstract

This magazine supplement, dealing with respiratory function in patients subjected to laryngectomy, is based on an investigation of 44 patients treated for cancer of the larynx during the period 1940-1949 at the Karolinska Sjukhuset in Stockholm, Sweden. The author made spirometric determinations of lung volume and studied respiration with work tests on a bicycle ergometer. Two thirds of the patients examined were able to perform physical work; 58 per cent of them rarely had respiratory infections. The subjects who had undergone laryngectomy appeared to have a somewhat low pulmonary vital capacity.

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