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Pediatr Pulmonol. 1989;7(2):71-7.

Measurement of lung volumes during active and quiet sleep in infants.

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Department of Child Health, University of Leicester, England.


The question of whether functional residual capacity (FRC) falls in infants during active sleep has been clouded by studies using different subject groups and techniques for measurements of lung volume and determination of sleep state. Twenty healthy full-term infants within the first week of life participated in the present study. Neurophysiological and behavioral criteria were used to define sleep state, and measurements of FRC were made using a specially constructed closed-circuit helium dilution system. Regularity of respiration was recorded using magnetometers on the chest and a modified respirator monitor. Results showed that no significant changes in FRC occurred, related either to sleep state or to regularity of respiration. In addition, we failed to detect any differences in FRC between the sexes.

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