PMID: 1141135Jun 1, 1975

Effect of resistive loading on ventilatory response to hypoxia

Journal of Applied Physiology
A S Rebuck, E F Juniper


Ventilatory responses to hypoxia, with and without an inspiratory resistive load, were measured in eight normal subjects, using a rebreathing technique. During the studies, the end-tidal P-CO2 was kept constant at mixed venous level (Pv-CO2) by drawing expired gas through a variable CO2-absorbing bypass. The initial bag O2 concentration was 24% and rebreathing was continued until the O2 concentration in the bag fell to 6% or the subject's arterial oxygen saturation (Sa-O2), monitored continuously by ear oximetry, fell to 70%. 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 Sa-O2 were calculated. The range of unloaded responses was 0.78-3.59 1/min per 1% fall in Sa-O2 and loaded responses 0.37-1.68 1/min per 1% fall in Sa-O2. In each subject, the slope of the response curve during loading fell by an almost constant fraction of the unloaded response, such that the ratio of loaded to unloaded slope in all subjects ranged from 0.41 to 0.48. However, the extrapolated intercept of the response curve on the Sa-O2 axis did not alter significantly indicating that the P-CO2 did not alter between experiments. These results suggest ...Continue Reading


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

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