alveolar cells|Type I and Type II

alveolar cells|Type I and Type II

Distinguishing these cells is significant in the pathophysioloy of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. The type I cell is a complex branched cell with multiple cytoplasmic plates that are greatly attenuated and relatively devoid of organelles; these plates represent the gas exchange surface in the alveolus. Type I cells line more than 95% of the alveolar [...]