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Table 1 Comparison of pulmonary function before and after the whole lung lavages

From: Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis and first successful whole lung lavage in Sri Lanka: a case report

  Pre-whole lung lavages Post-whole lung lavages
ABG pH 7.39 pH 7.37
pO2 58 pO2 87
pCO2 31 pCO2 38
HCO3– 20.3 HCO3– 22.6
Spirometry FVC 1.87 FVC 2.09
FEV1 1.84 FEV1 1.97
Ratio 98.3 % Ratio 95.6 %
DLCO Not done 15.75 (78 %)
Six-minute walk test (exercise desaturation) 92 % → 84 % 96 % → 94 %
Alveolar-arterial gradient 45.6 mmHg 17.2 mmHg
  1. ABG arterial blood gas, DLCO carbon monoxide diffusion capacity, FEV1 forced expiratory volume in 1 second, FVC forced vital capacity, HCO 3 bicarbonate, pCO 2 partial pressure of carbon dioxide, PO 2 partial pressure of oxygen