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Indian J Pediatr. 2000 Feb;67(2):123-7.

Measuring pulmonary function in infancy.

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  • 1Department of Child Health, Southampton General Hospital, UK.


In recent years there has been a growing interest in the measurement of pulmonary function in infants for both clinical and research purposes. Such measurements remain limited by the complexity of the equipment as well as by the technical and physiological challenges of testing infants and neonates. Despite these problems, assessment of respiratory function in early life provides exciting information about the post-natal growth and development of lungs in health and disease. The aim of this paper is to discuss the physiological, technical and ethical problems surrounding these procedures, as well as reviewing the current methods of testing pulmonary function in the very young. Consideration is given to the developments needed if infant pulmonary function tests are to realise fully, their potential as research and clinical tools.

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