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The respiratory system consists of what 6 parts of the body?

1. Nasal cavity
2. Pharynx
3. Trachea
4. Bronchi
5. Bronchioles
6. Alveoli

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The respiratory system permits gaseous exchange between what and what?

Gaseous exchange between the external environment and the blood

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There are 5 functions of the respiratory system, what are they?

1. Gaseous exchange
2. Sound production
3. Abdominal compression
4. Route for water/heat loss from body.
5. Coughing and sneezing

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Why is it important that one of the main respiratory functions is a route for water and heat loss from the body?

Moistening of inspired air is ESSENTIAL to prevent the alveolar linings form drying out.

Oxygen and carbon dioxide CANNOT diffuse through dry membranes.

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What are the 3 types of respiration the body performs?

1. External respiration
2. Internal respiration
3. Cellular respiration

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What is 'External Respiration'?

Process by which gases are exchanged between the air in the alveoli and blood within the pulmonary capillaries via diffusion.

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What is 'Internal Respiration'?

Process by which gases are exchanged between the blood and the cells.

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What is 'Cellular Respiration'?

Process by which cells use O2 for metabolism and give off CO2 as waste product.

O2 -> Mitochondria
CO2 From Mitochondria -> Blood Vessel (Waste)

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What is the process from start to finish of the bronchial tree?

Trachea -> R/L Primary Bronchi -> Secondary Bronchi -> Tertiary Bronchi -> Bronchioles -> Alveolar ducts -> Alveolar sacs (Many Small Pulmonary Alveoli)

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How does gas exchange occur with the blood of the circulatory system?

Through thin-walled, moistened pulmonary alveoli

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What is the number of 'pulmonary alveioli' in the lungs and what is the approximate surface area?

300 million

6 times the surface area of the body

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The surfactant in the alveoli is secreted by what kind of cells?

Type II alveolar cells

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Why is a surfactant needed in the alveoli?

Lowers the surface tension inside alveolus

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How are foreign materials removed from the lungs? (What kind of cells do this)

Alveolar macrophages

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What are the mechanics of breathing? What causes air to move in and out of the lungs?

Pressure gradient changes

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What happens during 'INSPIRATION' of the respiratory system? (i.e., diagphram/intercostal muscles/thoracic volume)

Diaphragm CONTRACTS and descends.

External Intercostal Muscles ELEVATE

(*Hint - INSPIRATION comes from EXTERNAL sources.)

Thoracic Volume INCREASES

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What happens during 'EXPIRATION' of the respiratory system? (i.e., diagphram/intercostal muscles/thoracic volume)

Diaphragm RELAXES

Internal Intercostal Muscles CONTRACT

Thoracic Volume DECREASES

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What is 'hypoxia'?

A deprivation of oxygen in tissues and organs.

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What is 'eupnea'?

Normal breathing

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What is 'dyspnea'?

Difficult or labored breathing

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What is 'apnea'?

Temporary cessation of respiration that may follow hyperventilation.

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What is 'Cheyne-stokes'?

Periods of DYSPNEA followed by periods of APNEA

DEATH usually occurs close after this starts to occur

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What is the 'average respiration rate'?

12-15 times per minute

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What is the 'average Oxygen Consumption' rate?

250 ml O2 per minute at rest

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What are the 2 factors that affect airway resistance?

Bronchoconstriction
Bronchodilation

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What are some of the characteristics of 'bronchoconstriction'?

DECREASED radius
INCREASED resistance to flow

Allergy induced spasm of airways (histamine induced)

Parasympathetic stimulation may attribute in relaxed situations where demand for airflow is low.

Bronchiolar smooth muscle contraction = INCREASED airway resistance

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What are some of the characterisics of 'bronchodilation'?

INCREASED radius
DECREASED resistance to airflow

Sympathetic stimulation may attribute. Epi/Norepi hormonal control. Occurs when increased demands for oxygen uptake is required for the body.

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What are the symptoms of 'ASTHMA' and what is it usually caused by?

Recurrent attacks of 'DYSPNEA' (difficulty breathing).

Usually via allergic response to plants, animals, food products.

Results in CONTRACTION of the bronchial muscles.

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What are the symptoms of 'PNEUMONIA'?

Acute infection and inflammation of the lungs with exudation (accumulation of fluid)

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What are the symptoms of 'CHRONIC BRONCHITIS' and what is it usually caused by?

Long term inflammation of lower respiratory airways.

Triggered by frequent exposure to irritating cigarette smoke, polluted air or allergens.