Exercise-Induced Intrapulmonary Arteriovenous Shunting and Pulmonary Gas Exchange

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Abstract

Recent research suggests the recruitment of intrapulmonary shunt vessels during exercise, which may contribute to the exercise-induced impairment in pulmonary gas exchange. These findings are consistent with substantial anatomical data demonstrating large-diameter (>25 μm) anatomical shunts in the lung, but are contrary to the considerable functional gas exchange-dependent research that has not detected right-to-left physiological shunt during exercise.

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