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July 1984

Expiratory Flow Limitation in Large and Small Airways

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)