Answer to Question #179886 in Cell Biology for sophia Homatopoulos

Question #179886

An injury in the chest wall can cause the chest cavity to fill with air, resulting in a collapsed lung. Predict how the residual volume in an individual who has suffered such an injury would compare with the residual volume in a healthy individual.


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2021-04-12T08:16:17-0400

Residual volume is the amount of air left in the lungs at the end of a maximal expiration and is typically increased due to the inability to forcibly expire and remove air from the lungs. However, residual volume can be unchanged despite expiratory muscle weakness.


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