Obesity and the lung: 3. Obesity, respiration and intensive care

A Malhotra, D Hillman

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Abstract

Obesity is a major problem from a public health perspective and a difficult practical matter for intensivists. The obesity pandemic has required treating clinicians to develop an appreciation of the substantial pathophysiological effects of obesity on the various organ systems. The important physiological concepts are illustrated by focusing on obstructive sleep apnoea, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, abdominal compartment syndrome and ventilatory management of the obese patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-31
Number of pages7
JournalThorax
Volume63
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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