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Flow and volume dependence of respiratory mechanics in anesthetized children.

  • Kaditis, A G
  • Motoyama, E K
  • Seki, I
  • Gronert, B J
  • Venkataraman, S T
  • Milic-Emili, J
  • Zin, W A
Published Article
Pediatric research
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1999
PMID: 10509362


With the use of constant flow, end-inspiratory airway occlusion, respiratory system resistance (Rrs) can be partitioned into a flow resistive component (Rint) and an additional component (deltaR), reflecting viscoelasticity and time constant inequality. Similarly, respiratory system elastance (Edyn) can be partitioned into static elastance (Est) and elastance due to viscoelasticity and time constant inequality (deltaE). We measured Rrs and Edyn and their subdivisions (Rint and deltaR, Est and deltaE, respectively) and studied their flow and volume dependence in eight otherwise healthy children (median age 3.6 y; range 1.9-5.2 y) undergoing general anesthesia for oral rehabilitation. With a constant inspiratory flow (VI) of approximately 15 mL/s/kg and tidal volume of 12 mL/kg, the mean values of Rrs, Rint, and deltaR were: 0.20, 0.11, and 0.10 cmH2O/mL/ Under the same conditions, the mean Est and deltaE were: 1.04 and 0.12 cmH2O/mL/kg. With increasing VI and under constant VT, deltaR decreased (p < 0.001) progressively. Rint also decreased paradoxically (p < 0.001). Hence, Rrs decreased (p < 0.001) with increasing VI. Est decreased (p < 0.001) with increasing VI, whereas delta E increased (p < 0.005). With increasing VT and under constant VI, Rint decreased (p < 0.001) and deltaR tended to increase (p = 0.058); Rrs did not change. With increasing VT under constant VI, both Est and deltaE decreased (p < 0.001 and p = 0.001, respectively). Thus, in contrast to the findings in adults, Rint and Est decreased in children with increasing flow and under constant tidal volume, probably reflecting decreased functional residual capacity in anesthetized children, compared with adults. The flow and volume dependence of deltaR and deltaE were similar to those in adults, whereas Rrs did not necessarily follow the direction of changes of deltaR.

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