Published by Misasa Medical Center, Okayama University Medical School
Published by Misasa Medical Center, Okayama University Medical School

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岡大三朝分院研究報告 (63号-72号) 環境病態研報告 (57号-62号)
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Correlation between decrease in % FVC and airway inflammation in patients with asthma, classified by clinical symptoms

光延 文裕 岡山大学医学部附属病院三朝分院内科
御舩 尚志 岡山大学医学部附属病院三朝分院内科
保崎 泰弘 岡山大学医学部附属病院三朝分院内科
芦田 耕三 岡山大学医学部附属病院三朝分院内科
横田 聡 岡山大学医学部附属病院三朝分院内科
柘野 浩史 岡山大学医学部附属病院三朝分院内科
谷崎 勝朗 岡山大学医学部附属病院三朝分院内科
越智 浩二 岡山大学医学部臨床検査医学
原田 英雄 岡山大学医学部臨床検査医学
Clinical features of asthmatics with a low % FVC (<80%) were studied in relation to airway inflammation and clinical asthma types. 1. Twenty four (75.0%) of the 32 subjects with a low % FVC had steroid-dependent intractable asthma. 2. A significant association between % FVC value and clinical asthma type was found. The value of % FVC was significantly lower in subjects with type II asthma (bronchiolar obstruction), in which significantly decreased proportion of lymphocytes,and significantly increased proportion of neutrophils in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid were observed, than in those with type la-1 (simple bronchoconstriction) with (P<0.001) and without glucocorticoid therapy (P<0.02). 3. The % FVC value was significantly improved after treatment in type lb (hypersecretion) with BAL eosinophilia, but not in those with type II with BAL neutrophilia. These results demonstrate that marked decrease of % FVC in patients with asthma correlated with airway inflammation, and that airway reversibility by medication is very low in patients with type II asthma.
ventilatory function
bronchoalveolar lavage
bronchial reversibility