Diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The measurement of co uptake (VCO and DLCO) from alveolar gas is a unique way to noninvasively assess pulmonary vascular function, specifically the functional volume of the pulmonary capillary bed. Proper interpretation of results, however, needs to account for inherent assumptions regarding co distribution and timing procedures. Moreover, reasonable airway mechanics, lung volumes, and patient cooperation are required for accurate measurements. Potential clinical utility may be increased if measurements are made in different positions or under exercise conditions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • MacIntyre, NR

Published Date

  • June 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 221 - 233

PubMed ID

  • 9390909

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1078-5337


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States