forced expiratory maneuver

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A forced expiratory maneuver relates to a clinical procedure involving a patient’s voluntary effort to expel air from the lungs following a deep inhalation in order to assess airflow capacity. Forced expiratory maneuver is a critical element of spirometry, which is applied primarily for determining whether bronchial blockage or an obstructed airflow passage exists, which can indicate symptoms of asthma or other pulmonary diseases that impair lung function.

SureHire explains forced expiratory maneuver

A forced expiratory maneuver is a part of spirometry that requires a patient to expel air at a proportionate rate to the forced volume capacity of air contained in the lungs after deep inspiration has occurred. The forced expiratory maneuver is basically used to gauge the airflow quality released from the lungs, which demonstrates the relative health of the airways in terms of diagnosing asthmatic and recognizing pulmonary symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, or spastic coughing. A clinician will compile data from a series of forced expiratory maneuvers and correlate findings for comparative analysis of a prognosis of chronic respiratory conditions affecting the lifestyle and, ultimately, longevity of people’s lives.

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