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Objective: This study aimed to evaluate gender and anthropometry related differences in peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) for the children of Maharashtra, India. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: In 107 schools of Kolhapur district; between August 2018-July 2019. Material and Method: The study was conducted among 1200 healthy school children (10-16 years) with equal gender distribution. Anthropometric parameters and PEFR were measured. Height and weight of male/female children were represented using frequency distribution. Mann-Whitney-U Test, Spearman-Rank-Correlation and Simple linear regression was used to find the relationship between the variables (p<0.05). Results: Mean PEFR values of males and females were 362.17 ± 89.88 l/min & 351.35 ± 79.85 l/min respectively. Difference was not found to be statistically significant (p=0.1503). In both males and females, PEFR positively correlated with height (r=0.91; r=0.87) and weight (r=0.79; r=0.75) respectively. A feasible regression equation was derived to predict PEFR for children. Conclusion: PEFR values showed gender related variability although not statistically significant. The derived regression equation can be used for PEFR prediction in male and female school children.

SACHIN VERMA, SAIPRASAD ONKARESHWAR KAVTHEKAR, NEHA VERMA, Suhas Kulkarni, Anil Kurane, Bhuwan K Singh. (2021) Assessment of Peak Expiratory Flow Rate in Association with Gender and Anthropometric Measurements in School Children, Pakistan Pediatric Journal, Volume 45, Issue 3.
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