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Describe the clinical differences between restrictive and obstructive respiratory diseases. Show your grasp of the normal anatomy and physiology by outlining the general differences in symptoms and objective tests that might be run on these patients.

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The primary pathophysiologic problem in obstructive diseases is the rise of the resistance of the air flow in expiration (McPhee, 2000). This is the result of the reduced diameter of the conducting airways. The major problem of the restrictive lung diseases is the reduced capability of gas exchange. In restrictive lung diseases, elastic recoil of the lungs is increased while...

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