Respiratory physiologic changes in pregnancy

Robert A Wise, A. J. Polito

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In summary, the major physiologic changes that occur in pregnancy are the increased minute ventilation, which is caused by increased respiratory center sensitivity and drive; a compensated respiratory alkalosis; and a low expiratory reserve volume. The vital capacity and measures of forced expiration are well preserved. Patients with many lung diseases tolerate pregnancy well, with the exception of those with pulmonary hypertension or chronic respiratory insufficiency from parenchymal or neuromuscular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-672
Number of pages10
JournalImmunology and Allergy Clinics of North America
Volume20
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

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Expiratory Reserve Volume
Respiratory Alkalosis
Respiratory Center
Pregnancy
Neuromuscular Diseases
Vital Capacity
Pulmonary Hypertension
Respiratory Insufficiency
Lung Diseases
Ventilation

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  • Immunology and Allergy

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Respiratory physiologic changes in pregnancy. / Wise, Robert A; Polito, A. J.

In: Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2000, p. 663-672.

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