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Effects of delivery by caesarean section on lung mechanics and lung volume in the human neonate.

Authors
  • Milner, A D
  • Saunders, R A
  • Hopkin, I E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Disease in Childhood
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1978
Volume
53
Issue
7
Pages
545–548
Identifiers
PMID: 686790
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Lung function tests were carried out in the first 6 hours of life on 26 babies born by vaginal delivery and 10 born by caesarean section. The babies born by caesarean section had a mean thoracic gas volume of only 19.7 ml/kg body weight compared with 32.7 ml/kg for the babies born vaginally. We conclude that this is owing to an excess of lung fluid in the babies born by caesarean section.

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