Characteristics associated with respondersto an external nasal dilator strip: A preliminary study

Tarn Ly, Emily Di Somma, Karen Byth, Jason Kirkness, Erica Goldfinch, Sarah Garlick, Jacky Gehring, Stephen West, John Wheatley, Terry Amis

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Abstract

We have previously shown that wearing an external nasal dilator strip (ENDS) device (Breathe Right8, 3M Co.) significantly lowers inspiratory nasal resistance to airflow (Rn) in some subjects (responders) but not in others (non-responders). In the present preliminary study we examine characteristics associated with being a responder to ENDS. Methods: A data base was compiled containing information pertaining to 76 subjects who had previously undergone studies with ENDS in our laboratory. Data recorded included: anthropométrie measurements - age, height, weight, BMI, gender, racial origin (n=62-76); Rn (measured via posterior rhinomanometry) with and without ENDS (n=76); Rn following topical nasal decongestant (n=49); questionnaire responses including current and past history related to smoking, snoring, sleep apnoea, nasal or other upper airway disease and asthma (n=25-38); measurements of external nasal dimensions using calipers (n=44); and measurements of nasal valve crosssectional area using acoustic rhinometry (n=28). A response to ENDS was defined as a significant within subject decrease in Rn with ENDS (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalRespirology
Volume4
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Nasal dilator strips
  • Nasal resistance
  • Snoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Ly, T., Somma, E. D., Byth, K., Kirkness, J., Goldfinch, E., Garlick, S., ... Amis, T. (1999). Characteristics associated with respondersto an external nasal dilator strip: A preliminary study. Respirology, 4(SUPPL. 1).