13 April 2017
Measuring lung function in asthmatic children: A spirometry and forced oscillation technique (FOT) comparison.
The role of spirometry and forced oscillation technique (FOT) in asthmatic young patients has been investigated in a study published on the European Respiratory Journal.
Spirometry is the most common pulmonary function test used in asthma diagnosing. However, it requires good patient co-operation. FOT has gained increasing attention for the measurement of pulmonary function in children because it is performed at steady state breathing.
The aim of this study was to compare spirometry and FOT in order to discriminate severity of asthma according to GINA. For this analysis 176 out-patient asthmatic children (5-16 year) performed spirometry and FOT measurements.
The results of this study confirm that "FOT may discriminate intermittent and persistent asthmatics, so it could be used in patients who are not able to perform spirometry".
The article details are the following:
- Title: "Measuring lung function in asthmatic children: A spirometry and forced oscillation technique (FOT) comparison"
- Authors: Giovanna Cilluffo, Salvatore Fasola, Velia Malizia, Giuliana Ferrante, Laura Montalbano, Marco Montalbano, Giovanni Viegi, Stefania La Grutta
- Published in: European Respiratory Journal 2016 48: PA3135
The study can be reviewed at the following link: click here