Bronchial Mucus

  • Peter Mitchell-Heggs
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (SIOR, volume 1)

Abstract

Sputum, the material which is usually collected for examination of respiratory mucus, is a mixture of bronchial mucus from goblet cells, bronchial gland secretions and various transudates from the bronchial mucosa. In addition, there are bacteria, lysozymes, alveolar macrophages and lymphocytes together with cellular debris. Above the larynx sputum gathers its envelope of salivary and possibly nasal mucins. Sputum is therefore a mixture of mixtures.

Keywords

Sugar Steam Histamine Prostaglandin Smoke 

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Selected reading

  1. Lopez-Vidriero, M.T., and Reid, L. (1978) British Medical Bulletin 34 (1) 63.Google Scholar
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Mitchell-Heggs
    • 1
  1. 1.Charing Cross Hospital Medical SchoolUK

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