Current Clinical Diagnostic Tests for Asthma

  • Shiwan Shah
  • Gulshan SharmaEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 795)


Asthma involves variable airflow obstruction in both large and small airways. The physiological consequences of obstruction include increased airway resistance and decreased expiratory flow rates, which lead to air trapping and dynamic hyperinflation. This chapter reviews current methods for pulmonary function testing to detect these physiological changes for both diagnosis and monitoring.


Spirometry Peak expiratory flow rate Airway hyperresponsiveness Bronchodilator reversibility Bronchoprovocation Methacholine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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