Pulmonary Rapidly Adapting Receptors and Airway Constriction

  • Jerry Yu
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 450)


In general, the airway and pulmonary receptors can be divided into three groups: 1) slowly adapting pulmonary stretch receptors (PSRs); 2) rapidly adapting receptors (RARs); 3) receptors innervated by C-fibers. PSRs and RARs are mechanoreceptors, although RARs are also activated by many biological and chemical substances (3, 16, 17, 29). On the other hand, C-fibers are believed to be chemosensitive endings (2).


Airway Pressure Vagus Nerve Airway Resistance Sodium Cromoglycate Tracheal Mucosa 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry Yu
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  1. 1.Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleKentuckyUK

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