In Vivo Experimental Methods for Assessing Muscle Tone Involvement in Bronchial Constriction

  • P. C. Braga


Tests of pulmonary mechanical function provide information about the state of the lungs, both airways and parenchyma, and about smooth muscle involvement in asthma. Information about the latter can be obtained from measurements in laboratory animals. Several in vivo techniques have been described for the investigation of pulmonary function; these can also be used to study the effects of drugs in reversible airways disease.


Airway Resistance Smooth Muscle Tone Body Plethysmograph Intrapleural Pressure Dynamic Lung Compliance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. C. Braga
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Respiratory Pharmacology, School of MedicineUniversity of MilanMilanoItaly

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