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Influence of pulmonary blood flow on management and outcome

Edited by Sara Thorne and Paul Clift

in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199228188
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725920 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199228188.003.0005

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Influence of pulmonary blood flow on management and outcome

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Introduction 50

Pulmonary vascular development in early life 50

Cyanotic heart disease and pulmonary blood flow 52

Delivery of systemic venous blood to the alveolar capillary membrane to allow release of waste CO2 and uptake of O2 depends on the integrity of the pulmonary circulation. Too little blood flow to the lungs and the patient is hypoxic; too much and the lungs become oedematous....

Chapter.  977 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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