Pulmonary Diffusing Capacity and Alveolar-Capillary Equilibration
In this short overview, theoretical and experimental work by the author and his co-workers pertaining to alveolar-capillary equilibration in mammalian lungs is summarized. The report is subdivided into four sections, each dealing with a different aspect of the topic: I. Diffusing capacity and diffusion/perfusion model. II. Determination of pulmonary diffusing capacity by rebreathing. III. O2 kinetics of red blood cells measured by stopped-flow. IV. Alveolar-capillary CO2 equilibration. The topics of the sections I, II and IV have been previously reviewed in more detail (Piiper and Scheid, 1980).
KeywordsDiffusion Limitation Diffuse Capacity Pulmonary Blood Flow Diffusion Conductance Rebreathing Method
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