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Clin Chest Med. 1988 Jun;9(2):175-93.

Functional anatomy of the respiratory muscles.

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Thoracic Diseases Research Unit, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.


To keep arterial blood gases within acceptable limits, air must be moved rhythmically in and out of the lungs. Such a displacement is accomplished through the expansion/deflation of the chest wall, which results normally from the action of a number of skeletal muscles. To understand how this vital pump works, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the anatomy and the function of these muscles.

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