Spectrum of advanced upper airway obstruction due to goiters

S R Karbowitz, L B Edelman, S Nath, J H Dwek, G Rammohan
Chest 1985, 87 (1): 18-21
Five patients with advanced upper airway obstruction due to goiter were identified in our institution. All had symptoms of respiratory insufficiency to such a degree that surgery was clearly indicated. Functional characteristics of this group were compared with prior series of goiter patients who had less severe respiratory symptoms. A peak inspiratory flow less than 1.5 L/sec characterized this group who required surgery.

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