Last updated on December 2018

Expiratory Flow Limitation Assessment


Brief description of study

This study intended to assess the expiratory flow limitation (EFL) during tidal breath in patients intubated in intensive care unit (ICU) for moderate or severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). EFL is defined as the lack of increase in expiratory flow in response to an increase in alveolar-to-atmospheric pressure gradient. It reflects airway closure. Early studies have been done using the Negative expiratory pressure (NEP) technique, which is no longer available. We proposed in present study a new method, which consists of diverting manually the expiratory flow to the atmosphere by-passing the expiratory valve. We aimed at assessing EFL at positive expiratory pressure (PEP) 5 cmH2O in semi-recumbent then in supine position together with measurement of trans-pulmonary pressure and regional lung ventilation. Higher PEP levels will be tested, namely 10, 15 and a trans-pulmonary PEP of 3 cmH2O, in semi-recumbent position.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03462849

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Claude Guerin

H pital de la Croix Rousse
Lyon, France
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Nicolas TERZI

CHU Grenoble Alpes
Grenoble, France
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Recruitment Status: Open


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