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Structure and function of the pulmonary circulation 

Structure and function of the pulmonary circulation

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Structure and function of the pulmonary circulation
Author(s):

Nicholas W. Morrell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.161501_update_001

Update:

Chapter reviewed; minor alterations made, now includes content from retired Chapter 16.15.3.

Updated on 27 Nov 2014. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 28 June 2017

The normal pulmonary circulation distributes deoxygenated blood at low pressure and high flow to the pulmonary capillaries for the purposes of gas exchange. The structure of pulmonary blood vessels varies with their function—from large elastic conductance arteries, to small muscular arteries, to thin-walled vessels involved in gas exchange....

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