Current clinical diagnostic tests for asthma

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Asthma involves variable airflow obstruction in both large and small airways. The physiological consequences of obstruction include increased airway resistance and decreased expiratory flow rates, which lead to air trapping and dynamic hyperinflation. This chapter reviews current methods for pulmonary function testing to detect these physiological changes for both diagnosis and monitoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHeterogeneity in Asthma
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781461486022
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598


  • Airway hyperresponsiveness
  • Bronchodilator reversibility
  • Bronchoprovocation
  • Methacholine
  • Peak expiratory flow rate
  • Spirometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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