The application of exhaled breath gas and exhaled breath condensate analysis in the investigation of the lower respiratory tract in veterinary medicine: a review

Cathcart, M.P., Love, S. and Hughes, K.J. (2012) The application of exhaled breath gas and exhaled breath condensate analysis in the investigation of the lower respiratory tract in veterinary medicine: a review. Veterinary Journal, 191(3), pp. 282-291. (doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.08.016)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.08.016

Abstract

The analysis of biomarkers in exhaled breath (EB) and exhaled breath condensate (EBC) may allow non-invasive and repeatable assessment of respiratory health and disease in mammals. Compared to human medicine, however, research data from EB and EBC analysis in veterinary medicine are limited and more patient variables influencing concentrations of EB/EBC analytes may be present. In addition, variations in methodologies between studies may influence results. A comparison of the approaches used in veterinary research by different groups may aid in the identification of potentially reliable and repeatable biomarkers suitable for further investigation. To date, changes in acid–base status and increased concentrations of inflammatory mediators have been the main findings in studies of pulmonary disease states in animals. Whilst these biomarkers are unlikely to represent specific and sensitive diagnostic parameters, they do have potential application in monitoring disease progression and treatment response.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Love, Professor Sandy and Hughes, Mr Kristopher
Authors: Cathcart, M.P., Love, S., and Hughes, K.J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Veterinary Journal
ISSN:1090-0233
ISSN (Online):1532-2971
Published Online:09 September 2011

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