Effect of lung volume reduction surgery on gas exchange and pulmonary hemodynamics at rest and during exercise

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1998 Oct;158(4):1020-5. doi: 10.1164/ajrccm.158.4.9710057.


Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) has become an extended surgery for emphysema in order to improve the dyspnea of severely affected patients. Because resection of lung areas may reduce the vascular bed, which is an important factor of pulmonary hypertension in emphysematous patients, especially during exercise, the aim of our study was to assess the outcome of pulmonary hemodynamics and gas exchange at rest and during exercise after LVRS. Nine patients had right heart catheterization before and 3 to 12 mo (mean, 4.5 mo) after LVRS. FEV1 increased from 705 to 1,005 ml (p < 0.05) after LVRS. PaO2, PaCO2 and mean pulmonary artery pressure (Ppa) did not change after LVRS, either at rest or during exercise. However, a significant overall decrease of the respiratory swings of the pulmonary artery diastolic pressure (DeltaPd) at rest (median value, from 12 to 8 mm Hg, p < 0.01) and during exercise (from 20 to 15 mm Hg, p < 0.05) was observed. There was a significant correlation between the change in resting Ppa (Ppa before minus Ppa after LVRS) and the change in resting DeltaPd (r = 0.73, p < 0.03), and also between the change in exercising Ppa and the change in resting DeltaPd (r = 0.80, p < 0.02). Significant correlations were also found between the change in exercising Ppa and the change in exercising PaO2 (r = -0.70, p < 0.05), and between the change in exercising Ppa and the change in exercising PaCO2 (r = 0.76, p < 0. 03). We conclude that pulmonary hemodynamics in most cases are not impaired by LVRS either at rest or during exercise. The possible mechanisms influencing hemodynamics after a lung volume reduction procedure are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Carbon Dioxide / blood
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Cardiac Output / physiology
  • Diastole
  • Dyspnea / surgery
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Forced Expiratory Volume / physiology
  • Hemodynamics / physiology
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / surgery
  • Lung / blood supply
  • Lung / physiology*
  • Male
  • Maximal Voluntary Ventilation / physiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Physical Exertion / physiology
  • Pneumonectomy*
  • Pulmonary Artery / physiology
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / surgery
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange / physiology*
  • Rest / physiology
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Oxygen