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Differences in lung clearance index and functional residual capacity between two commercial multiple-breath nitrogen washout devices in healthy children and adults

Zwitserloot, A. M., van den Born, E. J., Raaijmakers, L. H. A., Stalman, W. E., van Smaalen, M., van den Berge, M., Gappa, M., Koppelman, G. H. & Willemse, B. W. M., Apr-2020, In : ERJ Open Research. 6, 2, 10 p.

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Multiple-breath nitrogen washout (MBNW) and its clinical parameter lung clearance index (LCI) are gaining increasing attention for the assessment of small airway function. Measurement of LCI relies on accurate assessment of functional residual capacity (FRC). The EasyOne Pro LAB (ndd) and Exhalyzer D (EM) are two commercially available MBNW devices. The aim of the study was to compare these two devices in vitro and in vivo in healthy subjects with regard to FRC, LCI and secondary outcome parameters and to relate FRCMBNW to FRC measured by body plethysmography (pleth) and helium dilution technique. MBNW measurements were performed using a lung model (FRC between 500 and 4000 mL) in vitro and in 38 subjects aged 6-65 years followed by helium dilution and pleth in vivo using fixed and relaxed breathing techniques. In vitro accuracy within 5% of lung model FRC was 67.3% for ndd, FRC was >5% higher for EM in all tests. In vivo, FRCpleth ranged from 1.2 to 5.6 L. Mean differences (limits of agreement) between FRCpleth and FRCMBNW were -7.0%, (-23.2 to 9.2%) and 5.7% (-11.2 to 22.6%) using ndd and EM, respectively. FRCndd was consistently lower than FRCEM (-11.8% (-25.6 to 2%)). LCI was comparable between the two devices (-1.3% (-21.9 to 19.3%)). There was a difference of >10 % in LCI in 12 of 38 subjects. Using the most recent software updates, both devices show relevant deviations in FRC measurement both in vitro and in vivo and individual differences in LCI in a significant proportion of subjects. The devices are therefore not interchangeable.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalERJ Open Research
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2020

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