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Impulse Oscillometry -- A reasonable option to monitor lung functions in the era of COVID-19 pandemic
  • Neeraj Gupta,
  • Anil Sachdev,
  • Dhiren Gupta
Neeraj Gupta
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
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Anil Sachdev
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
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Dhiren Gupta
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
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Abstract

Spirometry, a gold standard technique for measuring lung functions, has been restricted to a select cohort of patients in current COVID-19 pandemic due to the enhanced risk of disease dissemination. To monitor pulmonary functions in various obstructive (e.g., asthma) and restrictive diseases (e.g., COVID-19 pneumonia) on in- and out-patients serially, there is an urgent requirement of an alternate reliable test. Impulse Oscillometry (IOS) measures lung functions by working at tidal volumes and thus reduces the risk of potential aerosol generation. Feasibility of IOS in smaller children and its ability to detect parenchymal and peripheral airway involvement are other advantages over conventional spirometry. IOS could be a potential solution to periodically monitor lung functions in current pandemic situation to keep a check on diseases affecting lung functionality.

Peer review status:Published

02 Oct 2020Submitted to Pediatric Pulmonology
03 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
03 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
07 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 Oct 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
08 Oct 20201st Revision Received
08 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
08 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
08 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
08 Oct 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
12 Oct 20202nd Revision Received
12 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
12 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
13 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
14 Oct 2020Editorial Decision: Accept
26 Oct 2020Published in Pediatric Pulmonology. 10.1002/ppul.25121