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Pneumonol Alergol Pol. 2013;81(2):114-20.

[The long-term variability of FeNO in pregnant asthmatic women with controlled asthma].

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Klinika Chorób Wewnętrznych, Geriatrii i Alergologii Uniwersytetu Medycznego im. Piastów Śląskich we Wrocławiu Kierownik.



Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) is considered as a useful, noninvasive marker of airway inflammation in asthma and allergic rhinitis. It has also been suggested that anti-inflammatory treatment guided by monitoring of exhaled NO could improve overall asthma control. However, long-term intra-subject variability of this parameter as well as the rate of its change, which can be clinically significant, have not been established yet. The aim of our study was to assess the long-term variability of FeNO in pregnant asthmatic women with controlled asthma.


Pregnant, non-smoking women with asthma were recruited between 3 and 6 months of gestation. Exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) spirometric parameters were measured, and the asthma control test (ACT) was completed during monthly visits up to delivery. The data of 26 subjects with well-controlled asthma during pregnancy (ACT values within the range 20-25, normal spirometric parameters, stable treatment) were analysed. The variability of FeNO values was assessed using the variation coefficient CV (standard deviation x 100%/arithmetic mean).


The median level of FeNO coefficient of variation (CV) was: 33.8% (range 11.3 to 121.9) in all subjects with well-controlled asthma during pregnancy. There were no statistically significant differences in FeNO variability between groups of patients who had at least one measurement of FeNO higher than 50ppb (39%; 11.8-121.9%) and those with all FeNO values below 50ppb (29.9%; 11.3-71.8%), as well as between atopic (35.7%; 11.8-121.9%) and nonatopic (24.2%; 11.3-71.8%) pregnant asthmatics (p = 0.95 and 0.11, respectively).


High long-term variability of fractional exhaled nitric oxide values revealed in pregnant women with well-controlled asthma indicates that changes in this parameter should be interpreted with caution while being used for asthma treatment monitoring.

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