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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 478970, 7 pages
Review Article

Haemodynamic Effects of Lung Recruitment Manoeuvres

1Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, University of Szeged, Semmelweis Utca 6, Szeged 6725, Hungary
2Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Cardiff University, Institute of Infection and Immunology, Heath Park Campus, Cardiff CF14 4XN, UK
3Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Critical Care Directorate, Royal Gwent Hospital, Cardiff Road, Newport NP20 5UB, UK

Received 21 July 2015; Revised 29 September 2015; Accepted 12 October 2015

Academic Editor: Xavier Monnet

Copyright © 2015 András Lovas and Tamás Szakmány. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Atelectasis caused by lung injury leads to increased intrapulmonary shunt, venous admixture, and hypoxaemia. Lung recruitment manoeuvres aim to quickly reverse this scenario by applying increased airway pressures for a short period of time which meant to open the collapsed alveoli. Although the procedure can improve oxygenation, but due to the heart-lung and right and left ventricle interactions elevated intrathoracic pressures can inflict serious effects on the cardiovascular system. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview on the pathophysiological background of the heart-lung interactions and the best way to monitor these changes during lung recruitment.