Flow limitation and dysanapsis in children and adolescents with exertional dyspnea

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The consequence of dysanapsis, quantitated by dysanapsis ratio (DR), on expiratory flow limitation (EFL) during exercise in pediatric subjects was examined. EFL occurred in 80 (56%) subjects from an enriched sample of children and adolescents tested during investigation of exertional dyspnea. DR was lower in subjects with vs without EFL during exercise: (0.055 ± 0.015 vs 0.067 ± 0.017, p < 0.001), and lower ratio correlated with greater extent of EFL (r = −0.64, p < 0.001). EFL was seen more often in boys: 67% vs 46% (p = 0.01), as girls had higher DR (0.063 ± 0.016 vs 0.056 ± 0.018, p = 0.007). Lower FEV1 (95 ± 17 vs 102 ± 15%predicted, p < 0.005) and FEF50 (3.47 ± 1.28 vs 4.08 ± 1.20 L s−1, p = 0.002) distinguished those with vs without EFL. Inspiratory capacity rose (IC) steadily, as work increased among those with EFL, whereas it fell to back resting levels after an initial rise in subjects without EFL. Low DR predicts EFL in pediatric subjects. Adjusting operating lung volume during exercise can mitigate EFL but this strategy may contribute to exertional dyspnea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
JournalRespiratory Physiology and Neurobiology
StatePublished - Jun 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported financially by the Mayo Clinic CTSA through grant number UL1 TR000135 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), via a Departments of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Small Grant Award.

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© 2018 Elsevier B.V.


  • Dysanapsis
  • Exercise
  • Flow limitation
  • Ventilation


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