PMID: 42038Sep 1, 1979

Respiratory response to hypoxia and hypercapnia after elimination of central chemosensitivity

Pflügers Archiv : European journal of physiology


Central respiratory drive responding to pH changes was eliminated by bilateral coagulation or cold block of area S (intermediate area) on the ventral medullary surface in 7 anaesthetized cats. Arterial pH, PCO2, and PO2 (4 cats) and the respiratory response to hypoxia and hypercapnia (6 cats) were observed before and after coagulation. After coagulation in hyperoxia the arterial pH dropped from 7.30 to 7.09, the arterial PCO2 was elevated from 4.80 kPa to 8.17 kPa (6 cats). Ventilation increased by 477 ml at a PCO2a of 6.58 kPa when PO2a was reduced from 39.5 kPa to 8.5 kPa before coagulation, after coagulation ventilation increased by 241 ml (4 cats). The peripheral chemoreceptors guaranteed spontaneous breathing even in hyperoxia. The data reveal that the loss of respiratory homeostasis by elimination of the S areas is due to the loss of central chemosensitive drive with concomitant reduction of peripheral chemoreceptor effect.


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