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How does pneumonia affect the ventilation – perfusion ratio?

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Dr. Kevin Olson
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In brief: Lowering ventilation

Pneumonia decreases the lungs ability to fully expand.
This decreases ventilation and has little effect on perfusion. Therefore you have a decreased v/q ratio.

In brief: Lowering ventilation

Pneumonia decreases the lungs ability to fully expand.
This decreases ventilation and has little effect on perfusion. Therefore you have a decreased v/q ratio.
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