What is the role of pulmonary function tests (PFTs) in the evaluation of muscular dystrophy?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Pulmonary function tests (PFTs), including an analysis of arterial blood gases, and a hematologic workup are necessary as part of the preoperative workup. A pulmonologist may be consulted preoperatively because he or she can be helpful in managing the patient's airway in the postoperative period.


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