An Analysis of Pulmonary Function Tests, Pulse Oximetry, Haematocrit Abnormalities in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients

Arunagiri, R (2008) An Analysis of Pulmonary Function Tests, Pulse Oximetry, Haematocrit Abnormalities in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients. Masters thesis, Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore.

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Abstract

50 patients of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were studied. 1. Majority of the patients were in the age group of 50-70 years. COPD was seen predominantly in male patients and majorities were smokers. 2. In the majority of patients the duration of illness was 6-10 years, cough with expectoration was present in all patients. 3. Diminished chest movement, decreased breath sounds, crepitations, rhonchi, muffled heart sounds, and pushed down liver were present in majority of patients. 4. As the number of cigarettes/day and duration increases the severity of the disease also increases in the studied population. 5. In the study ,about 40 % of cases were in stage III disease. 6. Computerised spirometry was found to be most sensitive investigation in diagnosing and assessing the severity of the disease in all these cases. 7. As the severity & duration of the disease increases they are more prone to develop hypoxia and polycythemia as a complication. In our study 8 patients had hypoxia, as assessed by pulse oximeter.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pulmonary Function Tests ; Pulse Oximetry ; Haematocrit Abnormalities ; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients.
Subjects: MEDICAL > General Medicine
Depositing User: Subramani R
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2018 16:38
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2018 16:38
URI: http://repository-tnmgrmu.ac.in/id/eprint/5814

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