Dynamics of gas bubbles in whole blood and plasma☆
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AbstractAnalytical solutions are obtained for both the radius-time relation and the rate of solution by diffusion of a gas bubble in plasma and whole blood with reduced hemoglobin. If an oxygen bubble is situated in the blood, a concentration boundary is formed in which the combined processes of diffusion and chemical reaction takes place. The effect of surface tension on the bubble dynamics is also considered. Applications of the analytical results include the extracorporeal oxygenation of the blood and the determination of the diffusion coefficient in plasma and the reaction velocity constant in whole blood.

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