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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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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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