Changes in Spirometric Parameters upon Local Heating of Forearm or Hand Skin


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Abstract

Local heating of the forearm or hand moderately decreases the respiratory volume parameters without changing bronchoconstriction. At the same time, a significant increase in the maximal expiratory flow (MEF50 and MEF75) indicates a limited enhancement of expiration upon local heating. In contrast, local cooling limits the maximum inspiration without affecting expiration.

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