Peak expiratory flow (PEF) monitoring

Ruffin, R.
November 2004
Thorax;Nov2004, Vol. 59 Issue 11, p913
Academic Journal
This article presents information about the role of PEF (peak expiratory flow) monitoring in the diagnosis and monitoring of asthma. PEF reflects a range of physiological characteristics of the lungs, airways, and neuromuscular characteristics of individuals. These include lung elastic recoil, large airway caliber, lung volume, effort, and neuromuscular integrity. The identification of best PEF provides a target for individual asthma patients and treating health professionals to enable the development of action plans and for the assessment of asthma control.


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