Methods for assessing expiratory flow limitation during tidal breathing

  • N. G. Koulouris
  • S. -A. Gennimata
  • A. Koutsoukou
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The term expiratory flow limitation (EFL) is used to indicate that maximal expiratory flow is achieved during tidal breathing at rest or during exercise and is characteristic of intrathoracic flow limitation [1] (Fig. 1, right). There are several methods of assessing EFL.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patient Respir Crit Flow Limitation Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. G. Koulouris
    • 1
  • S. -A. Gennimata
    • 1
  • A. Koutsoukou
    • 2
  1. 1.Respiratory Function Laboratory, Department of Respiratory MedicineUniversity of Athens Medical School, “Sotiria” HospitalAthensGreece
  2. 2.Critical Care Department, General Evangelismos Hospital, Medical SchoolUniversity of AthensGreece

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