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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery

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PADOVANI, Cauê  and  CAVENAGHI, Odete Mauad. Alveolar recruitment in patients in the immediate postoperative period of cardiac surgery. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2011, vol.26, n.1, pp.116-121. ISSN 0102-7638.

Lung complications during postoperative period of cardiac surgery are frequently, highlighting atelectasis and hypoxemia. Alveolar recruitment maneuvers have an important role in the prevention and treatment of these complications. Thus, this study reviewed and updated the alveolar recruitment maneuvers performance in the immediate postoperative period of cardiac surgery. We noted the efficacy of alveolar recruitment through different specific techniques and the need for development of new studies.

Keywords : Cardiac Surgical Procedures; Pulmonary Atelectasis; Positive-Pressure Respiration; Physical Therapy (Specialty); Postoperative Care.

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