Question 23.1

a)    What does the following pressure-volume loop (Figure 23.1) indicate?

b)    What is the likely underlying diagnosis?
(20% marks)

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College answer

Not available.


Because "(Image removed from exam report.)", and because this abomination of a paper was published without official answers, we have no idea which exact ventilator loop the college chose for this. However, it is possible to guess, on the basis of the fact that the wording of this question is identical to the wording of Question 13.1 from the first paper of 2014. The college answers to that question were:

"a) Shift of the pressure volume loop to the left suggestive of increased lung compliance."

"b) Emphysema (COPD)."