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Airway Mechanics: Introduction

The Overview” page introductory remarks essentially summarize why the Airway Mechanics section is included in the Pulmonary Diagnostic Laboratory Resource Center.

One additional comment is that, with a total body plethysmograph, “panting” open-shutter tangents are the preferred method to measure airway resistance. However, if the instrument has the capability, tidal-breathing measurements could be substituted when the subject is unable to perform more traditional panting maneuvers.

  • Tidal-breathing Raw measurements do have limitations and have been described elsewhere. These limitations should be taken into account when interpreting tidal-breathing Raw data.

The ATS “Pulmonary Function Laboratory Management and Procedure Manual” is a good source of information regarding equipment, technical and procedural considerations for Airway Mechanics measurements.

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