Flow-volume curves in infants with lung disease

S. Godfrey, E. Bar-Yishay, I. Arad, L. I. Landau, L. M. Taussig

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Partial expiratory flow-volume maneuvers have been performed on nine occasions on six infants with a variety of pulmonary problems using a new technique for thoracic compression. The infants were placed within an inflatable bag that was, itself, within a canvas bag. By sudden controlled inflation of the inner bag at end inspiration, partial expiratory flow-volume curves were generated and recorded by means of a face mask and pneumotachograph. By comparing these flow results with those airway resistance and lung volume measurements obtained from the infants in whole body plethysmography and by noting the effect of inhaling a helium/oxygen gas mixture, it was possible to partition the airway obstruction between large and small airways. The presence of small airway obstruction was noted in the absence of changes in airway resistance or lung volume in several instances. A complete evaluation of airway function should include this test of forced expiration for greater understanding and treatment of lung disease in infancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-522
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - 4 Dec 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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