I have a lower than normal FEV1 lung measurement. That is the amount of air that can be expelled from the lungs in 1 second. Can the transplant incision, which cuts many abdominal muscles below the ribcage, affect this breathing parameter?
I've had the liver transplant nurse tell me that there can not be any change since no muscles are involved in breathing other than the diaphram. I was dissapointed to hear this since I know better.
...a very good question. I really do not think so although there rarely can be some diaphragmatic nerve injury at the time of the transplant. if one is splinting due to pain, the FEV1 I presume would be decreased but it should not be decreased on a chronjic basis as far as i know.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.