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Paediatr Respir Rev. 2005 Dec;6(4):267-72. Epub 2005 Nov 7.

Spirometry in the pre-school age group.

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Portex Anaesthesia, Intensive Therapy and Respiratory Unit, Level 6, Cardiac Wing, Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH, UK.


Spirometry is a widely used lung-function test in school-aged children and adults. It can also be used to test lung function in the pre-school population, provided that they are tested in a child-friendly setting, by experienced paediatric-orientated personnel and in a way that is congruent with their development. Accurate results can be obtained provided care and attention are paid to applying quality-control criteria suitable for this age group. The biggest challenge is to make the testing fun.

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