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Ventilation: Total, Alveolar, and Dead Space

Handbook of Physiology, The Respiratory System, Gas Exchange

  1. N. R. Anthonisen1,
  2. J. A. Fleetham2

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp030407

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Anthonisen, N. R. and Fleetham, J. A. 2011. Ventilation: Total, Alveolar, and Dead Space. Comprehensive Physiology. 113–129.

Author Information

  1. 1

    General Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  2. 2

    Department of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre Hospital, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011


The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Alveolar Ventilation and Alveolar Gas Composition
    • 1.1
      Alveolar and Dead-Space Ventilation
    • 1.2
      Alveolar Gas Equation and Alveolar Gas Composition
    • 1.3
      Assessment of Alveolar Gas Composition
  • 2
    Dead Space
    • 2.1
      General Considerations: Gas Mixing in Airways
    • 2.2
      Measurement of Dead Space
    • 2.3
      Factors Affecting Dead Space