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Clearance Mechanisms in the Respiratory Tract

Handbook of Physiology, Reactions to Environmental Agents

  1. Kaye H. Kilburn

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp090116

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Kilburn, K. H. 2011. Clearance Mechanisms in the Respiratory Tract. Comprehensive Physiology. 243–262.

Author Information

  1. Pulmonary and Environmental Medicine Division, Department of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Conducting Airways
    • 1.1
      Ciliated Cells
    • 1.2
      Goblet Cells and Mucus
    • 1.3
      Serous Cells and Water
    • 1.4
      Transport and Clearance Dynamics
  • 2
    Fluid Absorption and Mucociliary Clearance
    • 2.2
      Other Physical Mechanisms
    • 2.3
      Leukocyte Recruitment and Endocytosis in Conducting Airways
  • 3
    Alveolar Ducts and Alveoli
    • 3.1
      Physical Removal
    • 3.2
      Solubility and Permeability
    • 3.3
      Digestion
    • 3.4
      Retention
  • 4
    Implications for Environmental Diseases
    • 4.1
      Pulmonary
    • 4.2
      Systemic Disorders