Gravity and the Lung: Lessons from Space
Part of the
Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology
book series (DCCA, volume 25)
The normal lung is exquisitely sensitive to gravity, which causes regional differences in blood flow, ventilation, gas exchange, alveolar size, intrapleural pressure, and mechanical stress (1). These topographical differences of structure and function have many implications in the way in which disease processes develop. Recent work on pulmonary function in the absence of gravity, including measurements in Spacelab SLS-1 in June 1991, have clarified the effects of gravity on the lung.
KeywordsTopographical Difference Intrapleural Pressure Nitrogen Washout Alveolar Size Alveolar Plateau
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