CO2 and mechanical factors reduce blood flow in a collapsed lung lobe.

Left lower lobe-to-total blood flow ratio (Ql/QT) was measured with electromagnetic flow probes in anesthetized open-chest dogs. There was a 66% reduction in Ql/QT during lobar collapse, a 53% reduction during lobar ventilation hypoxia with pulmonary venous PO2 and PCO2 equal to mixed venous tensions, and a 45% reduction during a similar degree of… CONTINUE READING