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INTRODUCTION: In asthma, lung function measures are often discordant with clinical features such as disease activity or control. METHODS: We investigated a novel technique that provides a measure (σCL) of unevenness (inhomogeneity) in lung inflation/deflation. In particular, we compared σCL with FEV1% predicted (FEV1%pred) as measures of disease activity in the asthmatic lung. RESULTS: σCL correlated modestly with FEV1%pred. However, σCL is not simply a proxy for FEV1%pred as the effects of salbutamol on the two parameters were unrelated. Importantly, σCL reflected disease control better than FEV1. DISCUSSION: We conclude that σCL shows promise as an objective measure of disease activity in asthma.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/bmjresp-2019-000531

Type

Journal article

Journal

BMJ Open Respir Res

Publication Date

03/2020

Volume

7

Keywords

asthma