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functional assessment of interstitial lung diseases

By Suzana Pinheiro Pimenta, Renata Barbosa Da Rocha, Bruno Guedes Baldi, Re De Melo Kawassaki, Ronaldo Adib Kairalla, Carlos Roberto and Ribeiro Carvalho


INTRODUCTION: The functional evaluation has become increasingly important in the understanding and management of patients with interstitial lung diseases. The cardiopulmonary exercise test and the six-minute walk test (6MWT), through their isolated variables, have been used to do this evaluation, with some limitations. OBJECTIVES: We proposed a new composite index (desaturation distance ratio using continuous peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2) and the distance walked as a more reliable tool for doing a functional evaluation of thes

Year: 2013
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