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What do the organs in the respiratory system do?

What do the organs in the respiratory system do?

Get oxygen to blood: Respiration is the process of bringing oxygen into the lungs and exhaling carbon dioxide out of them. Once inside the lungs, the oxygen crosses cell membranes to get into the blood stream. The blood circulates the oxygen to the rest of the body including the brain which cannot function without it. Carbon dioxide is the waste product of well functioning cells and is also carried back by the blood. ...Read more

Larynx (Definition)

The larynx is the organ that houses the vocal cords. This provides speech, and protects the airway from aspirating food. There are other functions also, such as allowing increased pressure for weight lifting by partially closing ...Read more


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Is there any secretion in the respiratory system?

Is there any secretion  in the respiratory system?

Mucus: Mucus secretion coats the passages keeping them moist, facilitating gas exchange and removal of debris. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of surfactants in the respiratory system?

What is the purpose of surfactants in the respiratory system?

Keep air sacs open: Surfactants, which are made by the body and are also available as a medication for babies who are deficient in them (usually premie), coat the inside of the tiny air sacs in the lung and keep them open when you exhale. Just like a collapsed balloon is hard to inflate, a collapsed air sac is hard to open. When it doesn't close completely, it's easier to open with the next breath. ...Read more

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What are the organs in the respiratory system and if they malfunction, is it deadly?

What are the organs in the respiratory system and if they malfunction, is it deadly?

Lungs: The lungs are vital to our breathing. There are many ways to diagnose problems with them and to treat the problems. See you physicain for a diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Where in the respiratory system does cancer typically start?

Where in the respiratory system does cancer typically start?

CA&respiratory syst.: Cancer in the respiratory system comes mostly from the linings of the airways. There are several different types of lung CA...small cell, squamous cell, adenocarcinoma, large cell, and bronchalveolar. ...Read more

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What is happening in the respiratory system when it becomes hard to breathe?

What is happening in the respiratory system when it becomes hard to breathe?

A whole book: Whole books are written about this. It can be mechanical like a collapsed lung, bronchospastic, like asthma, air-space replacement like heart failure, anemia, poison (like cyanide), infectious like pneumonia, blood clot and many, many more causes. ...Read more

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What test are done to diagnose an issue in the respiratory system?

See below: Chest X-ray Chest CT Pulmonary function tests Allergen panel Echocardiogram Bronchoscopy with or without biopsy Ultrasound Pleural fluid analysis ...Read more

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Which measurements can be taken to diagnose an issue in the respiratory system?

Many tests: Depending on the symptom, there are several tests to evaluate the respiratory system. A chest xray can be very instructive initially on lung structure. Pulmonary function tests (pft) tests different functional parts of the respiratory system. A chest ct can look more carefully at the tissue, blood vessels, and airways of the lung and chest. Sometimes, cardiopulmonary stress testing is helpful. ...Read more

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What special features or mechanisms exist in the respiratory system to prevent a virus from being inhaled?

What special features or mechanisms exist in the respiratory system to prevent a virus from being inhaled?

Complicated: The hair cells that line our respiratory tract combined with mucous secretions, antibody secreting (iga) cells, and cells like pulmonary alveolar macrophages all help to prevent infection from reaching our lung tissues, but none are entirely effective. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of the respiratory system?

To maintain: a normal oxygen level and get rid of carbon dioxide, which is a waste product. It also helps maintain acid base balance. ...Read more

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What do the organs of the respiratory system do?

Respiratory system: Its functions are breathing, getting oxygented air to the blood/organs. ...Read more

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What are the functions of the upper respiratory system?

What are the functions of the upper respiratory system?

Upper respiratory: structures include the sinuses, nasal passages, throat, pharynx, tonsils and vocal cords. Other than allowing passage of Oxygenated air, it is rich in mucus glands to protect the airway from viruses and microbes, It is also rich in immunologic cells to combat microbes. ...Read more

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Are heaters dangerous on our respiratory system?

Are heaters dangerous on our respiratory system?

Falling on chest?: Seriously, propane or other combustion in an enclosed space can cause carbon monoxide buildup and death. Electric is thought to dry the air ; annoy nasal passages/upper airways. Practically speaking, all are ok as long as used properly, may consider moisturizing air if dry ; be sure ventilated if small / tight space. ...Read more

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How does tuberculosis affect the respiratory system?

How does tuberculosis affect the respiratory system?

Multiple: Primary TB is usually manifested by fever with few or no pulmonary symptoms. Chest xrays may show lymph node enlargement, fluid in the chest or infiltrates. Later stages may show cavities or endobronchial spread. Cough, fever and weight loss are common. ...Read more

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How does the immune system affect the respiratory system?

How does the immune system affect the respiratory system?

Immunity: It protects us and can also be a major player in the inflammatory pathway or autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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How can the respiratory system rely on the immune system?

How can  the respiratory system rely on the immune system?

Immune system: The immune system is within every organ in our body, including the lungs to defend it from foreign material, such as toxic inhalants, allergens, infections etc. ...Read more

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What function of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

What function of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

Breathing: Asthma causes inflammation and spasm of the small to medium-sized air tubes. This will affect breathing and lead to symptoms such as: shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, & chest tightness. ...Read more

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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more