What are the pulmonary manifestations of cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients with cirrhosis may have impaired pulmonary function. Pleural effusions and the diaphragmatic elevation caused by massive ascites may alter ventilation-perfusion relations. Interstitial edema or dilated precapillary pulmonary vessels may reduce pulmonary diffusing capacity.


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