5 doctors weighed in:

What is the position and function of the cartilage in the lungs?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bronchus/bronchiole

The wind pipe or trachea branches of into left and right bronchus, they further divide into smaller bronchioles.
These structures are made up of cartilage or soft bone and merely they act as a conduit for exchange of gases.

In brief: Bronchus/bronchiole

The wind pipe or trachea branches of into left and right bronchus, they further divide into smaller bronchioles.
These structures are made up of cartilage or soft bone and merely they act as a conduit for exchange of gases.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
Thank
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Support & structure

Your large central airways must conduct air to the smaller airways where gas exchange takes place.
Without cartilage, there are wide swings of pressure in the chest that would otherwise collapse your trachea and bronchi. The cartilage serves to give some rigidity to airway walls so they stay open. People who lose the cartilage have tracheo- or bronchomalacia. It can be very serious, and debiliting.

In brief: Support & structure

Your large central airways must conduct air to the smaller airways where gas exchange takes place.
Without cartilage, there are wide swings of pressure in the chest that would otherwise collapse your trachea and bronchi. The cartilage serves to give some rigidity to airway walls so they stay open. People who lose the cartilage have tracheo- or bronchomalacia. It can be very serious, and debiliting.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
47M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors