Intravascular volume loading reversibly decreases airway cross-sectional area

R. C. Wetzel, C. J. Herold, E. A. Zerhouni, J. L. Robotham

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High-resolution computed tomography was used to directly determine the short-term effects of intravascular volume expansion on airway caliber. The change in airway cross-sectional area caused by intravascular volume expansion (30 ml/kg, Ringer's lactate) was studied in six anesthetized mini- pigs within 5 min. Twenty-five of 27 large airways (diameter, 2.01 to 5.0 mm) demonstrated decreased internal cross-sectional area (10.56±1.26 vs 8.66±1.03 mm2, p<0.001). Twenty of 24 small airways (diameter, 0.75 to 2.0 mm) showed decreased internal cross-sectional area (1.82±0.16 vs 1.44±0.16 mm2, p<0.001). These changes were rapidly (<6 min) reversed by intravascular volume reduction. The external airway cross-sectional area did not change. These data suggest rapid, reversible bronchial mucosal vascular engorgement as a cause of increased airway resistance in heart failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-870
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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