Medicine (MD/DO)
USMLE Step 2
Fundamentals of Cardiovascular Physiology
Capillary Fluid Exchange

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Capillary Fluid Exchange

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Capillary Fluid Exchange

Caterpillar Exchanging Fluid
Capillary Hydrostatic Pressure
Caterpillar Hydra-static Pressure-cooker Pushing Out

Capillary hydrostatic pressure pushes fluid out of the capillary. It is formulated as Pc in the Starling equation and can be high in edema of heart failure.

Interstitial Hydrostatic Pressure
Interstate Hydra-static Pressure-cooker Pushing In

Interstitial hydrostatic pressure pushes fluid into the capillary. It is formulated as Pi in the Starling equation.

Plasma Oncotic Pressure
Plasma-TV Water Pressure-cooker Pulling In

Plasma oncotic pressure pulls fluid into the capillary. It is formulated as πc in the Starling equation and can be high in edema of lymphatic blockage.

Interstitial Fluid Oncotic Pressure
Interstate Water Pressure-cooker Pulling Out

Interstitial fluid oncotic pressure pulls fluid out of the capillary. It is formulated as πi in the Starling equation and can be low in edema due to liver failure, nephrotic syndrome, and protein malnutrition.


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