Bullous Lung Disease

  • M. D. L. Morgan


Many of the mechanical and physiologic properties of the lung are determined by its complex honeycomb structure. The lung parenchyma is formed by a matrix of millions of air-containing spaces of roughly equal size. The interdependence of these units is reflected in the uniform distribution of elastic forces throughout the lung which support the smaller airways and maintain their patency. In most forms of chronic obstructive lung disease the destructive pathology is relatively uniformly distributed. Occasionally one part of the lung is affected preferentially leading to the development of parenchymal destruction and the formation of a large abnormal airspace within the lung. If the space exceeds the confining powers of interdependence it will develop mechanical and elastic properies of its own which may interfere with the function of the remainder of the lung.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Pulmonary Emphysema Tidal Breathing Emphysematous Lung 
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