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Saturday 01 September 2001

Effect of salbutamol on lung function parameters of healthy children.

By: Delanghe K, Desager KN, Van Bever HP.

Eur J Pediatr 2001 Sep;160(9):576-8

In the present study, the effect of 200 microg salbutamol compared to placebo was evaluated on lung function parameters of 37 healthy children aged 7-14 years. Salbutamol or placebo were administered, using a single blind study design, and spirometry was performed before and after 10 min of inhalation. At the time of the study, all children were symptom-free and had not suffered from any respiratory infection during the previous 4 weeks. The administration of salbutamol resulted in a significant increase of mean forced expiratory volume in 1 s (111%-115%, P<0.05), maximal expiratory flow at 50% of forced vital capacity (101%-110%, P<0.05) and maximal expiratory flow at 25 % of forced vital capacity (96%-115%, P<0.05). The administration of placebo resulted in no significant change in lung function parameters. CONCLUSION: The administration of 200 microg salbutamol results in the occurrence of a small but significant bronchodilation in healthy, non-asthmatic children.

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