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Effects of long-term bronchodilators in bronchiectasis patients with airflow limitation based on bronchodilator response at baseline

Authors Jeong HJ, Lee H, Carriere KC, Kim JH, Han JH, Shin B, Jeong BH, Koh WJ, Kwon OJ, Park HY

Received 22 June 2016

Accepted for publication 14 September 2016

Published 7 November 2016 Volume 2016:11(1) Pages 2757—2764

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S115581

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Ho Jung Jeong,1,* Hyun Lee,1,* Keumhee C Carriere,2,3 Jung Hoon Kim,1 Jin-Hyung Han,1 Beomsu Shin,1 Byeong-Ho Jeong,1 Won-Jung Koh,1 O Jung Kwon,1 Hye Yun Park1

1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; 2Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada; 3Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology Center, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Purpose: The association between positive bronchodilator response (BDR) at baseline and the effect of long-term bronchodilator therapy has not been well elucidated in patients with bronchiectasis. The aims of our study were to explore the association between positive BDR at baseline and lung-function improvement following long-term (3–12 months) bronchodilator therapy in bronchiectasis patients with airflow limitation.
Materials and methods: The medical records of 166 patients with clinically stable bronchiectasis who underwent baseline pre- and postbronchodilator spirometry and repeated spirometry after 3–12 months of bronchodilator therapy were retrospectively reviewed. For analysis, patients were divided into two groups, responders and poor responders, based on achievement of at least 12% and 200 mL in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) following bronchodilator therapy from baseline FEV1.
Results: A total of 57 patients (34.3%) were responders. These patients were more likely to have positive BDR at baseline than poor responders (38.6% [22 of 57] vs 18.3% [20 of 109], P=0.004). This association persisted after adjustment for other confounding factors (adjusted odds ratio 2.298, P=0.034). However, we found FEV1 improved significantly following long-term bronchodilator therapy, even in patients without positive BDR at baseline (change in FEV1 130 mL, interquartile range -10 to 250 mL; P<0.001).
Conclusion: Positive BDR at baseline was independently associated with responsiveness to long-term bronchodilator therapy in bronchiectasis patients with airflow limitation. However, FEV1 improvement was also evident in bronchiectasis patients without positive BDR at baseline, suggesting that these patients can benefit from long-term bronchodilator therapy.

Keywords: bronchodilator effect, bronchodilator agents, bronchiectasis, airway obstruction

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