4 March 2014 Sex differences in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease evaluated using optical coherence tomography
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Abstract
Although there are more women than men dying of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States and elsewhere, we still do not have a clear understanding of the differences in the pathophysiology of airflow obstruction between the sexes. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an emerging imaging technology that has the capability of imaging small bronchioles with resolution approaching histology. Therefore, our objective was to compare OCT-derived airway wall measurements between males and females matched for lung size and in anatomically matched small airways. Subjects 50-80 yrs were enrolled in the British Columbia Lung Health Study and underwent OCT and spirometry. OCT was performed using a 1.5mm diameter probe/sheath in anatomically matched airways for males and females; the right lower lobe (RB8 or RB9) or left lower lobe (LB8 or LB9) during end-expiration. OCT airway wall area (Aaw) was obtained by manual segmentation. For males and females there was no significant difference in OCT Aaw (p=0.12). Spearman correlation coefficients indicated that the forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and Aaw were significantly correlated for males (r=-0.78, p=0.004) but not for females (r=-0.20, p=0.49) matched for lung size. These novel OCT findings demonstrate that while there were no overall sex differences in airway wall thickness, the relationship between lung function and airway wall thickness was correlated only in men. Therefore, factors other than airway remodeling may be driving COPD pathogenesis in women and OCT may provide important information for investigating airway remodeling and its relationship with COPD progression.
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Miranda Kirby, Wei Zhang, Peter K. Laratta, Don D. Sin, Stephen Lam, Harvey O. Coxson, "Sex differences in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease evaluated using optical coherence tomography", Proc. SPIE 8927, Endoscopic Microscopy IX; and Optical Techniques in Pulmonary Medicine, 89270Z (4 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040824; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2040824
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