Inert tracer gas washout from mixed venous blood: the sloping alveolar plateau.


The aim of this model study was to investigate the mechanisms underlying the sloping alveolar plateau for inert tracer gases supplied to the lung by mixed venous blood. Transpulmonary gas exchange was simulated in an asymmetric lung model for conditions at rest and in exercise. For highly soluble gases, the calculations show that the varying amount of… (More)