Clinical effects of long-term spa therapy for 4 years were estimated in 8 patients of pulmonary emphysema (4 with spa therapy and 4 without spa therapy) by pulmonary function and morphological changes of peripheral airspaces of the lung on
high - resolution computed tomography (HRCT).
1 . The values of % FVC, % FEV1.0, and FEV 1.0% did not significantly change for 4year observation both in patients with spa therapy and those without spa therapy.
2. The OLco value significantly decreased from 69.9% at the initial level to 48.8% after 4-year observation in patients without spa therapy (p
spa therapy (温泉療法)
pulmonary emphysema (,肺気腫)
% low attenuation area of the lung