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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 64-65

Lung Static Pressure - Volume Analysis Can Demonstrate Alveolar Involvement In Pulmonary Alveolar Microlithiasis



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Dheeraj Gupta


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A 30 year old housewife presenting with cor pulmonale was diagnosed as having pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis. Exponential analysis of static pressure-volume data obtained through whole body plethysmography revealed decreased compliance, normal shape constant and reduced extrapolated lung volume at infinite distending pressures. These changes were consistent with a restrictive ventilatory defect due to alveolar filling process, and closely correlate with the lung histology seen in this disease.


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