Ultrasonography is a useful tool in order to provide information regarding diaphragm function, especially in cases where local pathology coexists, as in pleural effusions or traumatic rupture. Ultrasound can also be used as a method for analyzing diaphragmatic movement using M-mode.

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A significant number of patients exhibit impairment in cognitive function immediately following surgery or later; the impact of this postoperative cognitive dysfunction on the recovery and quality of life of the patient but also on the necessity for supportive and rehabilitation care is important. Risk factors for postoperative cognitive impairment and postoperative delirium have been described and it is these groups of patients that require early identification and careful follow up to avoid complications in postoperative care.

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