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Case 1

Because gas diffusion is indirectly related to the thickness, the diffusion of oxygen across the alveolar-capillary membrane in this case

Summary Introduction

To review:

The given blank space in the statement, “Because gas diffusion is indirectly related to the thickness, the diffusion of the oxygen across the alveolar-capillary membrane in this case________.”

Introduction:

In the given case, the patient is suffering from pulmonary edema that affected the thickness of the capillaries of the patient. The diffusion of gases in the human body takes place in the alveolar-capillary system. The increase in the thickness also affects this diffusion of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Please refer to Clinical Application Case-1 for further information.

Explanation

According to Fick’s law, the rate of diffusion of a gas is directly proportional to the area of the tissue or membrane, the rate constant and the partial pressure difference and is indirectly related to the thickness of the tissue membrane. In the given case, the patient has an increased thickness of the tissue, which is caused by pulmonary edema...

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