Whole Body Plethysmography: Practical Considerations

Paediatr Respir Rev. 2016 Jun;19:39-41. doi: 10.1016/j.prrv.2015.11.008. Epub 2015 Dec 8.


Pediatric pulmonary plethysmography is an important tool used in the diagnosis of lung diseases. Understanding the physiology underlying the functioning of the test can aid the health care provider in its interpretation. The following article reviews the basic science behind whole body plethysmography, and provides an overview of the types of plethysmographs available. Finally, the limitations of the available normative values are discussed.

Keywords: Lung volumes; Plethysmography; Pulmonary function testing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Plethysmography, Whole Body* / instrumentation