What is the role of spirometry in the workup of pneumomediastinum (PM)?

Updated: Feb 26, 2019
  • Author: Patrick L Carolan, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Spirometry or measurements of peak expiratory flow should not be undertaken in patients with pneumomediastinum because the increased alveolar pressures may further exacerbate the air leak.


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