Anesthesia and the Lung

Volume 19 of the series Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesiology pp 1-2

Regional Differences in the Lung

  • John B. WestAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine, University of California San Diego

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Marked differences of ventilation, blood flow, gas exchange, alveolar size, intrapleural pressures and mechanical stresses exist within the human lung and some of these are of special interest to the anesthesiologist in the context of anesthesia and postoperative care.