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Bronchial airway deposition and retention of particles in inhaled boluses: effect of anatomic dead space.
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PMID:  9688747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The fractional deposition of particles in boluses delivered to shallow lung depths and their subsequent retention in the airways may depend on the relative volume and size of an individual's airways. To evaluate the effect of variable anatomic dead space (ADS) on aerosol bolus delivery we had healthy subjects inhale radiolabeled, monodisperse aerosol (99mTc-iron oxide, 3.5 micron mean mondispersed aerosol diameter) boluses (40 ml) to a volumetric front depth of 70 ml into the lung at a lung volume of 70% total lung capacity end inhalation. By using filter techniques, aerosol photometry, and gamma camera analysis, we estimated the fraction of the inhaled boluses deposited in intrathoracic airways (IDF). ADS by single-breath N2 washout was also measured from 70% total lung capacity. Results showed that among all subjects IDF was variable (range = 0.04-0.43, coefficient of variation = 0.54) and increased with decreasing ADS (r = -0.76, P = 0.001, n = 16). We found significantly greater deposition in the left (L) vs. right (R) lungs; mean L/R (ratio of deposition in L lung to R lung, normalized to ratio of L-to-R lung volume) was 1.58 +/- 0.42 (SD; P < 0.001 for comparison with 1.0). Retention of deposited particles at 2 h was independent of ADS or IDF. There was significant retention of particles at 24 h postdeposition (0.27 +/- 0.05) and slow clearance of these particles continued through 48 h postdeposition. Finally, analysis of central-to-peripheral ratios of initial deposition and 24-h-retention gamma-camera images suggest significant retention of insoluble particles in large bronchial airways at 24 h postdeposition (i.e., 24 h central-to-peripheral ratio = 1.40 +/- 0. 44 and 1.82 +/- 0.54 in the R and L lung, respectively; P < 0.02 for comparison with 1.0). These data may prove useful for 1) designing aerosol delivery techniques to target bronchial airways and 2) understanding airway retention of inhaled particles.
W D Bennett; G Scheuch; K L Zeman; J S Brown; C Kim; J Heyder; W Stahlhofen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)     Volume:  85     ISSN:  8750-7587     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Appl. Physiol.     Publication Date:  1998 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-09-03     Completed Date:  1998-09-03     Revised Date:  2013-09-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502536     Medline TA:  J Appl Physiol (1985)     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  685-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Environmental Medicine and Lung Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bronchi / anatomy & histology*,  physiology*,  radionuclide imaging
Gamma Cameras
Respiratory Dead Space / physiology*
Xenon Radioisotopes / diagnostic use
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Aerosols; 0/Xenon Radioisotopes

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