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Effects of nasal mask leak and heated humidification on nasal mucosa in the therapy with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP).
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PMID:  18311494     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to determine the objective short-term influence of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) therapy, nasal mask leak (NML) and heated humidifiers (HH) to nasal conditioning of spontaneously breathing subjects. This was a prospective, non-randomized, non-blinded day-time study. Eighteen healthy subjects were enrolled in the study. All subjects received nCPAP therapy for 60 min in three different conditions successively: (1) nCPAP without humidification, (2) nCPAP with a defined leakage of nasal mask (slashed circle 28.3 mm2) and (3) nCPAP with HH. Nasal humidity and temperature were measured in the anterior turbinate area using a miniaturized thermocouple and a relative humidity sensor. The measurements were accomplished at the beginning of therapy, after 60, 120 and 180 min. Absolute humidity (aH) in the anterior turbinate area decreased significantly (p = 0.0075) from 17.41 +/- 3.81 mg/l (baseline) to 15.27 +/- 2.21 mg/l (nCPAP alone). With attachment of a NML, aH decreased from 15.27 mg/l not significantly (p = 0.058) to 13.77 +/- 2.28 mg/l (nCPAP and NML) compared to nCPAP alone. After addition of heated humidification to nCPAP, aH increased again from 13.77 mg/l significantly (p = 0.042) to 15.29 +/- 3.51 mg/l (nCPAP and HH) compared to aH (nCPAP+NML). No difference was found between aH (nCPAP and HH) and aH (nCPAP alone). Airway temperature did not change significantly after application of nCPAP alone, nCPAP and NML, and nCPAP and HH. These data indicate that nCPAP therapy with NML tends to have more remarkable reduction of the nasal humidity than nCPAP therapy without NML. nCPAP with heated humidifier is able to compensate the dehydration effects induced by nCPAP therapy with NML by increasing the aH at the anterior turbinate area to the levels observed during breathing with nCPAP alone.
Yvonne Fischer; Tilman Keck; Richard Leiacker; Ajnacska Rozsasi; Gerhard Rettinger; Philipp M Gruen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2008-03-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sleep & breathing = Schlaf & Atmung     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1520-9512     ISO Abbreviation:  Sleep Breath     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-30     Completed Date:  2009-02-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9804161     Medline TA:  Sleep Breath     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  353-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Laboratory for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine, University of Ulm, Frauensteige 12, 89075 Ulm, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Airway Resistance / physiology
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure / instrumentation*
Equipment Design
Equipment Failure
Mouth Breathing / physiopathology
Nasal Mucosa / physiopathology*
Nasal Obstruction / physiopathology
Risk Factors
Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / physiopathology,  therapy*
Young Adult

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