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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-86

Pediatric peak expiratory flow rate nomograms for Ernakulam district

Department of Paediatrics, Azeezia Medical College, Kollam, Kerala, India

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Jomon Mathew John
House No. 44/2398 - Nirmal Enclave Santhipuram Road, Palarivattom, Ernakulam - 682 025, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/ijaai.ijaai_6_17

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Objective: To obtain the normal reference values of peak expiratory flow rates (PEFRs) among healthy school-going children between 8 and 12 years and thereby construct a nomogram. Materials And Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among healthy children attending schools in Ernakulam district over a period of 1 year. PEFR values were recorded using a Mini-Wright peak flow meter, and the best of three readings was documented. Results: Nine hundred and fifty-four students were studied. PEFR increases as the age increases. A similar trend was observed across various heights. Nomograms based on age and height were constructed separately for boys and girls. Conclusion: Established baseline values of PEFR in this study can be useful in diagnosing and following asthmatic children in Ernakulam district.

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