Hydrodynamic Cleansing of Pulmonary Alveoli

The inside wall of the pulmonary alveolus is lined with a thin viscous fluid layer and a monolayer of surfactants. Inhaled foreign particles that reach the lung alveoli are normally neutralized by macrophages and remain inside the lung. Nevertheless, Podgorski and Gradon [Ann. Occup. Hyg., 37 (1993), pp. 347–365] suggested that a hydrodynamic cleansing… (More)