oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Dealing with spirometry in children under six years of age : challenges and opportunities in asthmatics : review article

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Pulmonary function tests are essential in the diagnosis of asthma but these are seldom performed in preschool children. Although pulmonary function tests are critical to the diagnosis and follow up of asthmatics, there are challenges faced when dealing with the child under the age of six years and this leads to the under-utilisation of these tests. There is now a better understanding of the respiratory physiology in children and newer spirometry equipment is available with updated reference values for the paediatric age group. In this article the current literature, with regards to spirometry in the pre-schooler, is reviewed and its value in the young asthmatic child is stated.

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