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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
A variety of pulmonary complications occur in patients during and following nonthoracic surgery. These may include hypoxemia, atelectasis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and respiratory failure. The incidence of these complications is high and remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the postoperative state. Even so, this morbidity may be underestimated since hypoxemia, the most common pulmonary complication, exerts its influence throughout many organ systems through inadequate tissue oxygenation.
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