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The added value of C-reactive protein to clinical signs and symptoms in patients with obstructive airway disease: results of a diagnostic study in primary care

Antonius Schneider*, Geert-Jan Dinant, Inko Maag, Lutz Gantner, Joachim Franz Meyer and Joachim Szecsenyi

BMC Family Practice 2006, 7:28  doi:10.1186/1471-2296-7-28

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Physical signs for detecting obstructive airway disease

Eduardo Garcia-Pachon   (2006-10-31 22:07)  Hospital General Universitario, Elche email

In their article, the authors stated that 'the diagnostic accuraty of clinical signs [...] was low'. However, they do not evaluate physical signs that have been demonstrate to be useful in detecting OAD, especially Hoover's sign (the paradoxical movement of rib margin during inspiration). Hoover's sign was able to detect OAD with a sensitivity of 58% and a specificity of 86%. (Chest 2002; 122:651-5).

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