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Functional residual capacity related to hepatic disease.
  1. A Greenough,
  2. J Pool,
  3. C Ball,
  4. G Mieli-Vergani,
  5. A Mowat
  1. Department of Child Health, King's College Hospital, London.


    Functional residual capacity was measured in 20 children (aged 3.1-11.2 years) with liver disease. Children with severe liver disease, regardless of diagnosis, had reduced functional residual capacities (less than 80% of expected). Children with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency had higher functional residual capacities than those with other hepatic diagnoses. Three children had a functional residual capacity greater than 120% of expected, all had alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.

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