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Lancet. 1980 Jan 12;1(8159):66-8.

Increased alveolar epithelial permeability in cigarette smokers.


Two indices of alveolar epithelial permeability were derived in man by a non-invasive method. The rate of transfer of 99mTc DTPA (diethylenetriamine penta-acetate) from the lung into the blood was measured and a significantly greater (P less than 0.001) transfer rate was found in symptomless cigarette smokers compared with non-smokers.

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