Physiological measurement in chronic lung disease

December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004 Supplement, Vol. 59, p95
Academic Journal
The article presents some papers related to physiological measurement in chronic lung disease. Increasing evidence exists that inspiratory capacity and maximum inspiratory flow in one second correlates more with breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than conventional expiratory spirometric values. Patients with a clinical diagnosis of COPD and a control group of a similar age were studied. Measurements were made on a handheld inspiratory meter and the curves were displayed on a computer monitor. Inspiratory measurements taken in patients with COPD and control subjects were found to be repeatable.


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