Pulmonary development in growing guinea pigs exposed to chronic hypercapnia.


The role of lung stretch in causing pulmonary hyperplasia was studied in weanling male guinea pigs breathing air or 5% CO2 (in 22% O2, 73% N2) for 4 weeks. By the end of the exposure, oxygen consumptions were similar for both groups, but tidal volume and minute ventilation doubled in the hypercapnic group compared to controls. Arterial and venous blood… (More)


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