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Lung India Official publication of Indian Chest Society  
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Year : 1982  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 21-23

Cardio-Pulmonary Status Of Treated Cases Of Pulmonary Tuberculosis

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V. K Vijayan

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A preliminary study to assess the cardio-pulmonary status of the treated cases of pulmonary tuberculosis was undertaken at I.C.M.R., Tuberculosis Research Centre, Madras. The study was carried out in 40 cases of treated pulmonary tuberculosis. These patients were selected from the follow up clinic of the Tuberculosis Research Centre and were all sputum negative for A.F.B. for a period varying from one to four years, with radiographic evidence of parenchymal lesions in the lungs and all complained of dyspnoea of varying grades. Pulmonary Function tests were carried out and electrocardiograms were recorded in all patients. In 75% of cases the FVC was markedly reduced (below 75% predicted). However in 75% of cases, the FEV1% was within normal limits. Eighteen percent patients studied had electrocardio-graphic evidence of Cor-pulmonale. Another interesting finding in the electrocardiograms was the presence of tall T waves in leads V2 and V3 in 37% of cases, the significance of which was unknown.

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