Susan Balkovec

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Sensitive outcome measures to assess the efficacy of therapeutic interventions in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) with mild lung disease are currently lacking. Our objective was to study the ability of the lung clearance index (LCI), a measure of ventilation inhomogeneity, to detect a treatment response to hypertonic saline inhalation(More)
Inhaled hypertonic saline (HS) positively affects both lung function and pulmonary exacerbations in children and adults with cystic fibrosis (CF). Early initiation of treatment may potentially reduce lung function decline and improve outcome of CF patients. However, the safety and tolerability of HS have not been established in infants and young children.(More)
Outcome measures to assess therapeutic interventions in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with mild lung disease are lacking. Our aim was to determine if the lung clearance index (LCI) can detect a treatment response to dornase alfa in paediatric CF patients with normal spirometry. CF patients between 6-18 yrs of age with FEV(1 )≥ 80% pred were eligible. In a(More)
Multiple breath inert gas washout (MBW) measurements in infants are performed supine and often obtained under sedation and thus are combined with other lung function tests such as raised volume rapid thoracoabdominal compression (RVRTC). In this study, we sought to determine the effects of RVRTC maneuvers on MBW measures. Compared with tests performed prior(More)
Background Exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) is a biomarker for eosinophilic airway inflammation [1]. Elevated FENO has been proposed as a marker for diagnosing asthma and predicting asthma exacerbations [2]. We wished to examine the association between known asthma risk factors and FENO. A sub cohort of children (n=222) participating in the Canadian Healthy(More)
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