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July 1984

Expiratory Flow Limitation in Large and Small Airways

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(7):1457-1460. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350190153025

• Obstructive airways diseases constitute 75% of all chronic respiratory diseases. This article briefly reviews the physiologic basis for flow limitation in large and small airways. Application of the physiologic principles described can lead to a better understanding of the normal mechanics of breathing and the various alterations resulting from diseases that limit airflow.

(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:1457-1460)

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