Subclinical impairment of lung airways in patients with panic disorder

Giampaolo Perna, Claudio Marconi, Marco Battaglia, Angelo Bertani, Andrea Panzacchi, Laura Bellodi

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Lung function was assessed in 17 panic patients and 20 healthy controls. Panic patients had abnormal values for some dynamic lung volumes, namely Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR), Expiratory Flow at 75% of Vital Capacity (FEF75) and Maximum Mid-Expiratory Flow Rate (NMEF). Such functional abnormalities might indicate subclinical obstruction of lung airways, possibly relevant to the mechanisms related to panic disorder (PD).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-605
Number of pages5
JournalBiological Psychiatry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1994


  • asthma
  • hyperventilation
  • norepinephrine
  • Panic
  • respiration
  • spirometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biological Psychiatry


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