Perioperative respiratory care of the patient undergoing upper abdominal surgery

Clin Chest Med. 1993 Jun;14(2):253-61.


The respiratory system is invariably affected during and after abdominal surgery. In high-risk patients, this may result in the development of postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC). Several pulmonary and nonpulmonary risk factors have been identified as good predictors for PPC. This article summarizes the treatments that may help prevent the development of PPC in patients undergoing upper abdominal surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / surgery*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Asthma / epidemiology
  • Bronchodilator Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / epidemiology
  • Postoperative Care
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*
  • Preoperative Care
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Bronchodilator Agents