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Peak expiratory flow in normal medical students in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria.
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PMID:  23024832     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The assessment of lung function is of considerable importance in the diagnosis of respiratory diseases, normal reference values need to be determined. The peak expiratory flow (PEF) is a simple, reproducible and easily affordable test of lung function which has been used in resource poor countries like Nigeria. A study PEF was carried out in medical students of the University of Maiduguri and the result was compared with various prediction equations calculated in other parts of Nigeria.
METHODS: It was a cross-sectional study involving 255 medical students. Data was collected between March and June 2010 using MicroPeak™ peak flow meter (Micromedical MEI 2A2 Kent) as the instrument.
RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference between the measured PEF and the predicted values based on different formulae derived from the different parts of Nigeria. However, the values in females in this study was consistent with the one obtained by one investigator in the north western part of the country. PEF positively correlated with the measured anthropometric parameters and age.
CONCLUSION: The result of the study showed that the prediction formulae of Njoku et al and Salisu et al may be used in the assessment of PEF of individuals in this environment; however, further studies with larger sample size may be needed.
Bukar Bakki; Ahmad Hammangabdo; Mohammed Abdullahi Talle; Segun Oluwole; Haruna Yusuph; Mohammed Bashir Alkali
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Pan African medical journal     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1937-8688     ISO Abbreviation:  Pan Afr Med J     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-01     Completed Date:  2013-03-08     Revised Date:  2013-07-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101517926     Medline TA:  Pan Afr Med J     Country:  Uganda    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri, P M B 1414, Maiduguri, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Peak Expiratory Flow Rate / physiology*
Reference Values
Reproducibility of Results
Respiratory Function Tests / methods*
Sex Factors
Students, Medical
Young Adult

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