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What is VA (v dot A)?
What is QC (Q dot C)?
q- perfusion
Why is it ideal for VA/QC to equal 1?
Otherwise you have overventillation/underventillation/overperfusion/underperfusion
What are the PO2 and PCO2 in an alveolus that is ventillated but not perfused?
PO2 = 150 mmHg
PCO2 = 0

These are atmospheric values.
Alveoli that are ventillated but not perfused are called alveolar dead space since its a continuation of the airway.
What is the PO2 and PCO2 in an alveolus that is perfused but not ventillated?
This will have a mixed venous composition in the alveoli. PO2 - 40, PCO2- 45.
What is the V/q ratio in a state of no ventillation. What is the V/q ratio in a state of no perfusion.
No ventillation has a v/q = 0
No perfusion has a v/q = infinity
What is venous admixture?
Venous admixture occurs when you have a non ventillated alveolus. This means no gas exchange occurs. This deoxygenated volume is called venous admixture, since it mixes with the rest of the arterial blood.
How does V/Q ratio differ throughout the lung
V/Q ratios are highest in the upper lung, and decrease as you move down the lung. The average V/Q ratio is less than one because the lower lung has much more mass and therefore more alveoli. Over a large part of our lungs, we have uniform V/Q ratios that are necessary for ideal gas exchange.
How does emphysema result in abnormal V/Q ratio in the lungs?
Airways more readily collapse in emphysema -> not uniform filling/time constants -> abnormal V/Qs.
What is a shunt?
Shunt is the passage of deoxygenated blood from the venous circulation to the arterial side without picking up O2. Shunt is a problem in ventillation.
What are some sources of the shunt?
2 Normal - thebesian circulation perfusing left ventricle, bronchial circulation emptying into pulmonary veins.

2 abnormal - atelectic/collapsed alveoli, congenital defects.
How to calculate the fraction of CO that is shunted?
Qshunt/Qtotal =
(O2 content end capillary- arterial O2 content)/(O2 content end capillary- venous O2 content)
At what point can inspiration no longer compensate for mismatches in Va/Qc
Once the shunt exceeds 50% of cardiac output.