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Thermal Factors in Respiratory Mechanics

Handbook of Physiology, The Respiratory System, Mechanics of Breathing

  1. E. R. McFadden Jr.,
  2. Roland H. Ingram Jr.

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp030339

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

McFadden, E. R. and Ingram, R. H. 2011. Thermal Factors in Respiratory Mechanics. Comprehensive Physiology. 703–709.

Author Information

  1. Shipley Institute of Medicine and the Departments of Medicine of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

  1. Asthma and Allergy Center, Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011


The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Direct Thermal Effects on Smooth Muscle in Vitro
    • 1.1
      Airway Smooth Muscle
    • 1.2
      Vascular Smooth Muscle
  • 2
    Indirect Thermal Effects on Smooth Muscle in Vitro
    • 2.1
      Temperature-Dependent Alterations in Adrenergic Receptor Function
  • 3
    Thermal Effects on Respiratory Mechanics in Vivo
    • 3.1
      Alterations in Airway Function via Temperature-Sensitive Neural Receptors
    • 3.2
      Temperature-Dependent Alterations in Airway Function
    • 3.3
      Airway-Cooling Mechanisms That Produce Bronchoconstriction
  • 4