Resolving impaired response to exercise in hepatopulmonary syndrome after liver transplantation

Samir Nusair*, Ahmed Eid, Elat Bardach, Neville Berkman

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Abstract

A series of graded cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPET) in a patient with hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) who was evaluated before and after liver transplantation are described. HPS associated with marked dyspnea, results from abnormal intrapulmonary vascular dilatation with rapid transit of the blood in the pulmonary vascular bed, creating right-to-left shunt and hypoxemia. Decreased peak oxygen uptake, wasted ventilation and hypoxemia were corrected within 8 months after the transplant, thus making CPET a very useful tool for investigating and following these patients before and after transplant.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)533-535
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume102
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Jul 2005

Keywords

  • Exercise testing
  • Hepatopulmonary syndrome
  • Liver transplantation
  • Oxygen uptake

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