Obstructive sleep apnoea accelerates FEV1 decline in asthmatic patients

Tsai Yu Wang, Yu Lun Lo, Shu Min Lin, Chien Da Huang, Fu Tasi Chung, Horng Chyuan Lin, Chun Hua Wang, Han Pin Kuo

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Abstract

Background: Although the prevalence of both obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and asthma are both increasing, little is known about the impact of OSA on the natural history of lung function in asthmatic patients. Methods: A total of 466 patients from our sleep laboratory were retrospectively enrolled. Of them, 77 patients (16.5%) had asthma with regular follow-up for more than 5 years. Their clinical characteristics, pulmonary function, emergency room visits, and results of polysomnography results were analysed. Results: The patients were divided into three groups according to the severity of the apnoea-hypopnea index (AHI). The decline in FEV1 among asthma patients with severe OSA (AHI > 30/h) was 72.4 ± 61.7 ml/year (N = 34), as compared to 41.9 ± 45.3 ml/year (N = 33, P = 0.020) in those with mild to moderate OSA (5 < AHI ≤ 30) and 24.3 ± 27.5 ml/year (N = 10, P = 0.016) in those without OSA (AHI ≤ 5). For those patients with severe OSA, the decline of FEV1 significantly decreased after continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. After multivariate stepwise linear regression analysis, only AHI was remained independent factor for the decline of FEV1 decline. Conclusions: Asthmatic patients with OSA had substantially greater declines in FEV1 than those without OSA. Moreover, CPAP treatment alleviated the decline of FEV1 in asthma patients with severe OSA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number55
JournalBMC Pulmonary Medicine
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 21 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Pulmonary function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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    Wang, T. Y., Lo, Y. L., Lin, S. M., Huang, C. D., Chung, F. T., Lin, H. C., Wang, C. H., & Kuo, H. P. (2017). Obstructive sleep apnoea accelerates FEV1 decline in asthmatic patients. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 17(1), [55]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12890-017-0398-2