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Investigation of Lungfunction Normal Values in Children and Adolescent in Germany (Spirometry, Ultrasonic Pneumography and Exhaled NO) (LUNOKID-Studie)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 29, 2008
Last Update Posted : February 17, 2010
Hannover Medical School
Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf
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Marien Hospital Wesel

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Synopsis: LUNOKID-Study

Investigation of Lung function Normal Values in Children and Adolescent in Germany

For the diagnostic work-up of childhood airway diseases lungfunction measurements play an important role. As childhood represents a period of continuous development and growth, not only is body size and weight increasing and body composition changing with age, but also is the lung developing both in size and airway differentiation. Results from lung function measurements in children and adolescents have thus to be related to lung function data which have been determined in a normal healthy age-matched childhood population. The quality of the reference values is therefore crucial for the interpretation of lung function results.

The reference values for children that are used today have been created between around the 1970th or 1980th, although the development and body size of children in the last decades has considerably changed and accelerated.

The aim of the LUNOKID study is to create new reference values for lung function measures in healthy children aged 4 to 18 years. Measurements will be performed in schools and "kindergartens" in 3 regions of Germany (Wesel, Düsseldorf, Hannover).

A modified ISAAC questionnaire will be distributed to the parents to get information on the family´s and child´s health history with regard to atopy, airway diseases or other diseases that could influence the lung function results. A clinical examination on the day of lung function performance should exclude acute infections or other diseases. Parents will have to give informed consent to the study.

Study personal, especially trained in the lung function unit of the University Hannover, is going to do all examination and lung function measures during the normal school hours at the sites of the schools and kindergartens.

The following measurements will be performed according to the respective SOPs:

  • Body weight and hight
  • Exhaled NO, using the NIOX -MINO in children from the age of 5 years onwards, in 4 years old children using the off-line method (both Aerocrine)
  • Spirometry including Flow volume curves (Parameter FEV1, FEV0.5, FEV 0.75, PEF, FVC, MEF 25, MEF 50, MEF 75) using a Spirometer by the company ndd Medizintechnik AG, Zürich
  • Ultrasonic pneumography (UPG) (tidal breathing), ndd Medizintechnik AG, Zürich

It is planned to have 50 valid measurements per gender and age group. Considering that about 50 % of the children (and 50-75% of the 4 years´old) have to be excluded for the "normal reference analysis" either for health reasons or because the lung function measurement cannot be correctly performed. The investigators therefore calculate to included in the study around 3300 children.

All data will be gathered and managed in a central database in the IUF in Düsseldorf. The statical analysis will include regression analyses to calculate the reference values.

It is planned to have the new reference values included in the guidelines for diagnostic and management of asthma in childhood, and in the software of lung function equipment. By now, the study is approved by the Ethical Committee responsible for the PI in Wesel.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 2007 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Investigation of Lungfunction Normal Values in Children and Adolescent in Germany
Study Start Date : June 2007
Primary Completion Date : September 2009
Study Completion Date : September 2009

Children and adolescent from German schools in the region Wesel, Hannover and Düsseldorf, selected via special school lists

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Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
children and adolescents from classes and kindergarten in the regions Wesel,Düsseldorf and Hannover

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All children from a selected classes, which have an informed consent and an answered questionnaire

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00723619

Marien Hospital Wesel gGmbH
Wesel, NRW, Germany, 46483
Sponsors and Collaborators
Marien Hospital Wesel
Hannover Medical School
Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf
Study Chair: Dietrich Berdel, Prof. Dr. Marien Hospital Wesel

Responsible Party: Prof. Dr. D. Berdel, Marienhospital Wesel, Forschungsintitut zur Prävention von Allergien und Atemwegserkrankungen im Kindes- und Jugendalter Identifier: NCT00723619     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007067
First Posted: July 29, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 17, 2010
Last Verified: July 2008

Keywords provided by Marien Hospital Wesel:
normal values for spirometry in childhood
normal values for FENO in childhood