Pulmonary function test outcomes in healthy Navajo native American adolescents

Suzanne M. Berman, David A. Arnall, Mark W. Cornwall

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Prediction equations for estimating lung volumes have been determined for Caucasians, African-Americans, and Mexican-Americans. These separate equations were determined because of differences in thoracic morphology between people of various racial groups, making it impossible to use one prediction formula to accurately estimate lung volumes for all individuals. One hundred ninety-one adolescent Navajo children (males, n = 110; females, n = 81) between 11 and 18 yr of age volunteered for the study and underwent a series of pulmonary function tests (PFT). New pulmonary function prediction equations for Navajo youth were generated for estimating pulmonary volumes and capacities that more accurately predict expected PFT outcomes than formulas in common use for Caucasian, Mexican-American, or African-American youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1150-1153
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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