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Year : 1988  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 183-185

Arterial Hypoxemia In Acute Tropical Pulmonary Eosinophillia



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V. K Vijayan


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Arterial oxygen tension were estimated in 48 acute tropical eosinophilic patients. Twenty (42%) had PaO2 of less than 80 mmHg, though 18 had only mild hypoxemia (PaO2 –70-80 mmHg). A smoker had PaO2 of less than 60 mmHg. The single breath carbon monoxide transfer factor (TLCO) was lowered in 42 (88%) patients. The PaO2 correlation with both FEV1% and TLCO percent predicted was not strong. Obstructive ventilatory and diffusion defects may not be the main mechanisms of hypoxemia in these patients.


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