Comparison of lung sounds and gas trapping in the study of airway mechanics.


Journal Article

We have previously shown that gas is trapped in isolated animal lungs and have proposed that this gas-trapping process is related to meniscus formation in the small airways of the lung. The purpose of this investigation was to compare how the lung sound-generation process and the gas-trapping process are related to airway mechanics and each other. Rats were anesthetized, the heart and lungs were removed en bloc and placed in a liquid-filled plethysmograph. Lung sounds were recorded by using a microphone acoustically coupled to the tracheal cannula. The results show that discontinuous lung sounds in the form of crackles occur during lung inflation at the same time gas trapping takes place.

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Cited Authors

  • Frazer, DG; Smith, LD; Brancazio, LR; Weber, KC

Published Date

  • April 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 /

Start / End Page

  • 25 - 30

PubMed ID

  • 3709484

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3709484

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-9924

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-6765

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1289/ehp.866625


  • eng