Longitudinal phenotypes and mortality in preserved ratio impaired spirometry in the COPDGene study

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Rationale: Increasing awareness of the prevalence and significance of Preserved Ratio Impaired Spirometry (PRISm), alternatively known as restrictive or Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)-unclassified spirometry, has expanded the body of knowledge on cross-sectional risk factors. However, longitudinal studies of PRISm remain limited. Objectives: To examine longitudinal patterns of change in lung function, radiographic characteristics, and mortality of current and former smokers with PRISm. Methods: Current and former smokers, aged 45 to 80 years, were enrolled in COPDGene (phase 1, 2008-2011) and returned for a 5-year follow-up (phase 2, 2012-2016). Subjects completed questionnaires, spirometry, chest computed tomography scans, and 6-minute-walk tests at both study visits. Baseline characteristics, longitudinal change in lung function, and mortality were assessed by post-bronchodilator lung function categories: PRISm (FEV1/FVC, 0.7 and FEV1 , 80%), GOLD0 (FEV1/FVC . 0.7 and FEV1 . 80%), and GOLD1-4 (FEV1/FVC, 0.7). Measurements and Main Results: Although the prevalence of PRISm was consistent (12.4-12.5%) at phases 1 and 2, subjects with PRISm exhibited substantial rates of transition to and from other lung function categories. Among subjects with PRISm at phase 1, 22.2% transitioned to GOLD0 and 25.1% progressed to GOLD1-4 at phase 2. Subjects with PRISm at both phase 1 and phase 2 had reduced rates of FEV1 decline (227.3 6 42.1 vs. 233.0 6 41.7 ml/yr) and comparable proportions of normal computed tomography scans (51% vs. 52.7%) relative to subjects with stable GOLD0 spirometry. In contrast, incident PRISm exhibited accelerated rates of lung function decline. Subjects with PRISm at phase 1 had higher mortality rates relative to GOLD0 and lower rates relative to the GOLD1-4 group. Conclusions: PRISm is highly prevalent, is associated with increased mortality, and represents a transitional state for significant subgroups of subjects. Additional studies to characterize longitudinal progression in PRISm are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1397-1405
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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  • Lung disease epidemiology
  • Numerical data
  • Spirometry classification
  • Spirometry mortality
  • Spirometry statistics


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