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Lung Defenses

  • J. Linder
  • J. H. Sisson

Abstract

The lung is unique among the visceral organs because it is exposed to the external environment. Remarkably, there is continuity between the tip of the nostril and the most distal alveoli. Thousands of cubic feet of air pass through the airways each day, air that contains noxious gases, dusts, particulate material, and microbial organisms that alone or in combination can damage the lung. Fortunately, the lung has multiple defense mechanisms that protect against potentially injurious agents.

Keywords

Alveolar Macrophage Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Mucociliary Clearance Lung Defense Situs Inversus 
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