COMPARATIVE SENSITIVITY OF FREQUENCY DEPENDENCE OF COMPLIANCE AND DIFFERENTIAL BRONCHIAL PRESSURE IN DETECTING PERIPHERAL ASYNCHRONOUS TIME CONSTANTS.

P. Bhansali, J. Dempsey, T. Musch, L. Chosy, J. Webster, C. Iber

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Abstract

Several investigators in the past have suggested different techniques to assess to status of the small airways (2-3 mm diameter). These are the site of diseases such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and some cases of asthma. However, the contribution of these small airways is less than 20% of the total resistance to breathing, since the total cross-sectional area is very large. Thus, it is not possible to measure the small changes occurring in these peripheral units as a part of the total resistance measured during opontaneous breathing. A. J. Woolcock et al. showed that dynamic jcompliance (C//d//y//n) decreases at higher breathing frequencies (up to 100 breaths/min) in subjects whose predominant disease is in the small airways. The frequency dependence of C//d//y//n is now the accepted test for the sensitive detection of small airway diseases. The authors have investigated a new technique which could be more sensitive compared to this test for the detection of events occurring in the peripheral (small) airways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-376
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
EventIEEE Eng in Med and Biol Soc Annu Conf, 1st, Fron of Eng in Health Care - Denver, CO, USA
Duration: Oct 6 1979Oct 7 1979

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