Nutritional Aspects of Lung Development

  • Masendu Kalenga
  • Claude Gaultier
  • Peter H. Burri
Part of the Clinical Physiology Series book series (CLINPHY)


The relationship between nutrition and the respiratory system has been extensively explored during the last two decades, especially the potentially deleteri-ous effects of inadequate nutrition on lung structure and function. It is of special concern that in several clinical conditions undernutrition occurs during the most critical periods of normal lung restructuring. Nutritional perturbations are likely to interfere with cellular and extracellular functions, which in turn may impair lung growth and development and may eventually predispose to chronic lung diseases. Conversely, pulmonary diseases may increase nutritional requirements and also impede adequate nutrition supply.


Fetal Lung Lung Development Lung Mechanic Lung Growth Nutritional Aspect 
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