Pneumotachographic Measurements of Lung Function in Preterm Infants with Respiratory Distress Syndrome

  • E. Kattner
  • K. Kosack
  • M. Obladen


In newborn infants requiring artificial ventilation, the ventilator therapy usually is controlled and directed to obtain normal blood gases in the infant. Methods to ascertain lung function include the use of body plethysmography and measurement of esophageal pressure [2, 11, 25, 30], flow measurements by hot-wire anemometry [12], and pneumotachographic measurements [5, 11, 15, 22, 24, 26, 27]. Few data concerning compliance and resistance of the lung in small infants measured by pneumotachography are available. Due to variations in this technique there are often problems in comparing results. The aim of our study was to apply this objective method on term and preterm infants suffering from different lung problems particularly from respiratory distress syndrome and to gain data during the course of disease. Later this technique was also used to study lung mechanics in infants after surfactant replacement therapy.


Lung Function Preterm Infant Tidal Volume Newborn Infant Lung Mechanic 
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  • M. Obladen

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