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Volume, Flow, and Resistance Assessment in Asthma

  • S. Damato

Abstract

The assessment of lung function in the asthmatic patient has the following main targets:
  1. 1.

    Evaluation of the degree and prevalent location of lung function impairment during symptom-free periods, these being not available in all patients and depending on asthma definition

     
  2. 2.

    Evaluation of lung function during stable asthma, while the patient is undergoing optimal treatment including protection and/or therapy, on the basis of asthma pathogenesis and patient compliance with all possible indicated therapeutical interventions

     
  3. 3.

    Evaluation of lung function before and after administration of drugs, mediators, or physical stimuli in order to quantify their possible constrictor, dilatator, or protective effects in asthmatic patients or subjects suspected to be asthmatics

     
  4. 4.

    Monitoring of lung function during the day and day to day with respect to symptoms and to adjustment of treatment.

     

Keywords

Lung Volume Force Vital Capacity Peak Expiratory Flow Forced Expiration Expiratory Reserve Volume 
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  • S. Damato
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  1. 1.Institute of Respiratory Diseases, School of MedicineUniversity of MilanMilanoItaly

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