Clinical Consequences of the Airflow Limitation

  • C. Tantucci
  • A. Ferretti
  • V. Grassi
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The term airflow limitation or better expiratory flow limitation refers to a functional condition in which the expiratory flow cannot augment at a given lung volume. Hence, it should not be used as a synonymn for airway obstruction which simply reflects an increase in the airway resistance leading to a reduced expiratory flow rate (Fig. 1).


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patient Airway Obstruction Respir Crit Airflow Limitation 
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  • A. Ferretti
  • V. Grassi

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