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Pressure-Flow Relationships in the Lungs

Handbook of Physiology, The Respiratory System, Mechanics of Breathing

  1. Roland H. Ingram Jr.1,
  2. T. J. Pedley2

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp030318

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Ingram, R. H. and Pedley, T. J. 2011. Pressure-Flow Relationships in the Lungs. Comprehensive Physiology. 277–293.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departments of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

  2. 2

    Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Historical Perspectives
  • 2
    Physical Basis of Airway Resistance
    • 2.1
      General Principles
    • 2.2
      Predictions of Inspiratory Pressure Drop
    • 2.3
      Predictions of Expiratory Pressure Drop
    • 2.4
      Validity of the Quasi-Steady Assumption for Pressure-Flow Relationships for Oscillatory Flow
  • 3
    Resistance in Normal Subjects
    • 3.1
      Physiological Factors Influencing Measurements
    • 3.2
      Central Versus Peripheral Airway Contribution to Lower Pulmonary Resistance
    • 3.3
      Tissue Viscance
    • 3.4
      Inertance
    • 3.5
      Frequency Dependence
    • 3.6
      Techniques for Measuring Resistance
  • 4
    Concluding Remarks