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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 10, Issue 1, February 2014 pp 01-03
The Study of Pulmonary Function Tests in Chronic Alcoholics
Sangita R. Phatale1, Boramma S.2
1Professor and HOD, Department of Physiology, MGM’S Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, INDIA.
2Professor. Department of SPM, MR Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka, INDIA.
Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.
Background and objective: The present study was undertaken to assess the pulmonary function tests in chronic alcoholics. Alcohol has multitude of effects on many organ systems producing distinct clinical entities, particularly in lung, heart, liver and central nervous system. Material and Methods: The study was done using computerized medspiror. It includes 50 male chronic alcoholics of 20 - 60 years age and 50 normal male healthy subjects who served as age matched controls. The following lung function viz FVC, FEV1/FVC ratio, PEFR was carried out and subjected for statistical significance. Analysis was carried out by ‘t’ unpaired test. Result: The results of the study revealed statistically significant (P<0.05) decline in FVC and FEV1/FVC ratio, PEFR in chronic alcoholics as compared to normal control group, suggesting chronic alcoholism definitely affects pulmonary functions with the manifestations of both obstructive as well as restrictive pattern. Conclusion: Thus we conclude that alcoholism adversely affects pulmonary functions. (1).