Growth and lung function in Asian patients with cystic fibrosis
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    Interpret lung function in different ethnic groups with caution
    • Beth . J Enderby, SpR Respiratory Paediatrics
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      • Sadasivam Suresh

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the recent paper, “Growth and lung function in Asian patients with cystic fibrosis”.[1] The authors report a marked reduction in lung function in Asian children with cystic fibrosis when compared to non-Asian children with cystic fibrosis. This was more pronounced in girls than in boys. However, the reference values for normal lung function that they use for this comparison...

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    Ethnic Differences in Lung Function

    Dear Editor

    We read this recent paper with interest as it deals with a clinically important question in the area of growth and lung function in different ethnic groups. The authors hypothesise that there may be intrinsic ethnic differences in lung function between British-born Asian and non-Asian females. That this difference exists was first reported in 1986 (1), when the differences in FEV1 and FVC were reporte...

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