Lung Mucociliary Transport in Man

  • Demetri Pavia
  • Philip P. Sutton
  • John E. Angew
  • Maria T. Lopez-Vidriero
  • Stephen P. Newman
  • Stewart W. Clarke
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (SIOR, volume 1)

Abstract

The human lung has several defence mechanisms against all types of inhaled deposited material. The three main clearance mechanisms are (a) mucociliary transport, (b) cough and (c) alveolar clearance. In this article we review the various methods currently available for the objective measurement of the efficiency of the mucociliary clearance mechanism in vivo in man. We also summarize the effect of (a) physiological factors, (b) disease states, (c) therapeutic factors and (d) environmental pollutants on human lung mucociliary transport.

Keywords

Surfactant Dust Corticosteroid Influenza Tuberculosis 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Demetri Pavia
    • 1
  • Philip P. Sutton
    • 1
  • John E. Angew
    • 1
  • Maria T. Lopez-Vidriero
    • 1
  • Stephen P. Newman
    • 1
  • Stewart W. Clarke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Thoracic MedicineThe Royal Free HospitalLondonEngland

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