PMID: 1194144Oct 1, 1975

Effect of elastic loading on ventilatory response to hypoxia in conscious man

Journal of Applied Physiology
A S RebuckN A Saunders


Ventilatory responses to isocapnic hypoxia, with and without an inspiratory elastic load (12.1 cmH2O/l), were measured in seven healthy subjects using a rebreathing technique. During each experiment, the end-tidal PCO2 was held constant using a variable-speed pump to draw gas from the rebreathing bag through a CO2 absorbing bypass. Studies with and without the load were performed in a formally randomized order for each subject. Linear regressions for rise in ventilation against fall in SaO2 were calculated. The range of unloaded responses was 0.74-1.38 1/min per 1% fall in SaO2 and loaded responses 0.71-1.56 1/min per 1% fall in SaO2. Elastic loading did not significantly alter the ventilatory response to progressive hypoxia (P greater than 0.2). In all subjects there was, however, a change in breathing pattern during loading, whereby increments in ventilation were attained by smaller tidal volumes and higher frequencies than in the control experiments. These results support the hypothesis previously proposed in our studies of resistive loading during progressive hypoxia, that a similar control pathway appears to be involved in response to the application of loads to breathing, whether ventilation is stimulated by hypoxia or hy...Continue Reading


Jan 1, 1979·Acta Physiologica Scandinavica·T B Barnett, B Rasmussen

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