Comparison of the end-tidal arterial PCO2 gradient during exercise in normal subjects and in patients with severe COPD.

We undertook the present study with the following objectives: (1) to compare the difference between the end-tidal and the arterial carbondioxide concentration (P[ETa] CO2) gradients at rest and during exercise in normal subjects and patients with COPD; and (2) to analyze the factors contributing to this gradient. We studied seven normal subjects and seven… CONTINUE READING