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Significances of spirometry and impulse oscillometry for detecting small airway disorders assessed with endobronchial optical coherence tomography in COPD

Authors Su ZQ, Guan WJ, Li SY, Ding M, Chen Y, Jiang M, Chen XB, Zhong CH, Tang CL, Zhong NS

Received 29 April 2018

Accepted for publication 17 July 2018

Published 1 October 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 3031—3044


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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Chunxue Bai

Zhu-Quan Su,1,* Wei-Jie Guan,1,* Shi-Yue Li,1,* Ming Ding,2 Yu Chen,1 Mei Jiang,1 Xiao-Bo Chen,1 Chang-Hao Zhong,1 Chun-Li Tang,1 Nan-Shan Zhong1

1State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Disease, National Clinical Research Center for Respiratory Disease, Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Health, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Affiliated Zhongda Hospital of Southeast University, Medical School of Southeast University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Spirometry confers limited value for identifying small-airway disorders (SADs) in early-stage COPD, which can be detected with impulse oscillometry (IOS) and endobronchial optical coherence tomography (EB-OCT). Whether IOS is useful for reflecting small-airway morphological abnormalities in COPD remains unclear.
Objectives: To compare the diagnostic value of spirometry and IOS for identifying SADs in heavy-smokers and COPD based on the objective assessment with EB-OCT.
Methods: We recruited 59 COPD patients (stage I, n=17; stage II, n=18; stage III–IV, n=24), 26 heavy-smokers and 21 never-smokers. Assessments of clinical characteristics, spirometry, IOS and EB-OCT were performed. Receiver operation characteristic curve was employed to demonstrate the diagnostic value of IOS and spirometric parameters.
Results: More advanced staging of COPD was associated with greater abnormality of IOS and spirometric parameters. Resonant frequency (Fres) and peripheral airway resistance (R5–R20) conferred greater diagnostic values than forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1%) and maximal (mid-)expiratory flow (MMEF%) predicted in discriminating SADs in never-smokers from heavy-smokers (area under curve [AUC]: 0.771 and 0.753 vs 0.570 and 0.558, respectively), and heavy-smokers from patients with stage I COPD (AUC: 0.726 and 0.633 vs 0.548 and 0.567, respectively). The combination of IOS (Fres and R5–R20) and spirometric parameters (FEV1% and MMEF% predicted) contributed to a further increase in the diagnostic value for identifying SADs in early-stage COPD. Small airway wall area percentage (Aw% 7–9), an EB-OCT parameter, correlated significantly with Fres and R5–R20 in COPD and heavy-smokers, whereas EB-OCT parameters correlated with FEV1% and MMEF% in advanced, rather than early-stage, COPD.
Conclusions: IOS parameters correlated with the degree of morphologic abnormalities of small airways assessed with EB-OCT in COPD and heavy-smokers. Fres and R5–R20 might be sensitive parameters that reliably reflect SADs in heavy-smokers and early-stage COPD.

Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, optical coherence tomography, diagnostic value, impulse oscillometry, small airway disorder

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