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Diffusion Limitation—Montana Style

James R. Munis

in Just Enough Physiology

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199797790
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929665 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199797790.003.0017

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Diffusion Limitation—Montana Style

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The pathway of oxygen through the body consists of the diffusion of oxygen across the alveolar-capillary membrane and then the peripheral tissue membranes, followed by the convective transport of oxygen in the blood. Any transport process will have its choke points and limitations. In the case of oxygen, the constraints can take 1 of 2 forms, perfusion limitation or diffusion limitation.

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