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  • 1. Mechanics of Breathing(Pulmonary Ventilation) Lecture-2  Completely mechanical process  Depends on volume changes in the thoracic cavity  Volume changes lead to pressure changes, which lead to the flow of gases to equalize pressure  Two phases  Inspiration – flow of air into lung  Expiration – air leaving lung
  • 2. Pressure Relationships in theThoracic Cavity Intrapulmonary pressure (Ppul) – pressure within the alveoli Intrapleural pressure (Pip) – pressure within the pleural cavity
  • 3. Pressure Relationships Intrapulmonary pressure and intrapleural pressure fluctuate with the phases of breathing Intrapulmonary pressure always eventually equalizes itself with atmospheric pressure Intrapleural pressure is always less than intrapulmonary pressure and atmospheric pressure
  • 4. Causes of negativity of Intrapleural pressure  Lymphatic system drains the pleural fluid, generating a negative intra pleural pressure (- 2 mm Hg) Elasticity of lungs causes them to assume smallest possible size. But opposing force – elasticity of the chest wall pulls the thorax outward to enlarge the lungs.
  • 5. Measurement of Intrapleural pressure Directly by introducing a needle to pleural cavity Indirect method: by introducing the esophageal balloon into esophagus
  • 6. Significance of Intrapleural pressure Prevent the collapsing tendency of lungs Increases the venous return
  • 7. Pressure Relationships
  • 8. Intra-Alveolar pressure/Intra-Pulmonary pressure Measurement: Plethysmograph Significance : 1. It causes flow of air in and out of alveoli. 2. Helps in the exchange of gases between alveolar air and blood.
  • 9. Lung Collapse Caused by equalization of the intrapleural pressure with the intrapulmonary pressure Transpulmonary pressure keeps the airways open  Transpulmonary pressure – difference between the intrapulmonary and intrapleural pressures (Ppul – Pip)
  • 10. Pulmonary Ventilation A mechanical process that depends on volume changes in the thoracic cavity Volume changes lead to pressure changes, which lead to the flow of gases to equalize pressure
  • 11. Boyle’s Law Boyle’s law – the relationship between the pressure and volume of gases P1V1 = P2V2  P = pressure of a gas in mm Hg  V = volume of a gas in cubic millimeters  Subscripts 1 and 2 represent the initial and resulting conditions, respectively
  • 12. Inspiration The diaphragm and external intercostal muscles (inspiratory muscles) contract and the rib cage rises The lungs are stretched and intrapulmonary volume increases Intrapulmonary pressure drops below atmospheric pressure (−1 mm Hg) Air flows into the lungs, down its pressure gradient, until intrapleural pressure = atmospheric pressure
  • 13. Inspiration
  • 14. Expiration Inspiratory muscles relax and the rib cage descends due to gravity Thoracic cavity volume decreases Elastic lungs recoil passively and intrapulmonary volume decreases Intrapulmonary pressure rises above atmospheric pressure (+1 mm Hg) Gases flow out of the lungs down the pressure gradient until intrapulmonary pressure is 0
  • 15. Expiration
  • 16. Forced Expiration Forced expiration is an active process due to contraction of oblique and transverse abdominal muscles, internal intercostals, and the latissimus dorsi. The larynx is closed during coughing, sneezing, and Valsalva’s maneuver Valsalva’s maneuver-Forced expiration against closed glottis .  Air is temporarily held in the lower respiratory tract by closing the glottis  Causes intra-abdominal pressure to rise when abdominal muscles contract.  Helps to empty the rectum.  Child birth .
  • 17. Factors causing collapsing tendency oflungs Elasticity of lungs causes them to assume smallest possible size Surface tension of alveolar fluid draws alveoli to their smallest possible size
  • 18.  The intrapleural pressure – it is always negative Surfactant – secreted by the type 2 alveolar cells, which reduces surface tension.