Short Overview: Carotid Body Activities in Man

  • Yoshiyuki Honda


In Japan during the late 1940s and 1950s, a considerable number of patients with bronchial asthma had therapeutic carotid body resection and some of them still alive in relatively asymptomatic condition. The operations were mainly done in the Department of Surgery of the Chiba University, where Dr. K. Nakayama, Professor of Surgery, developed a procedure for removing only the carotid chemoreceptors, while preserving the baroreceptor function. On the basis of the studies on these patients with carotid body resection, respiratory and circulatory activities of human carotid bodies were assessed.


Carotid Body Total Peripheral Resistance Ventilatory Response Mean Blood Pressure Hypoxic Ventilatory Response 
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  • Yoshiyuki Honda
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  1. 1.Department of Physiology, School of MedicineChiba UniversityChibaJapan

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