Effects of delivery by caesarean section on lung mechanics and lung volume in the human neonate

A D Milner, R A Saunders, I E Hopkin
Archives of Disease in Childhood 1978, 53 (7): 545-8
Lung function tests were carried out in the first 6 hours of life on 26 babies born by vaginal delivery and 10 born by caesarean section. The babies born by caesarean section had a mean thoracic gas volume of only 19.7 ml/kg body weight compared with 32.7 ml/kg for the babies born vaginally. We conclude that this is owing to an excess of lung fluid in the babies born by caesarean section.

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