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Chest Physiotherapy and Lung Function in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2013 by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: August 27, 2013
Last Update Posted: August 28, 2013
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Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare disease, caused by impairment of the motile cilia. Patients present with chronic upper and lower respiratory tract infections. The therapy is mainly supportive and based on that of cystic fibrosis. Chest physiotherapy is one of the cornerstones of the therapy, however the influence of chest physiotherapy on lung function (short term and long term) is not clear. For interpretation of longitudinal lung function data it is important to examine the short time effect of chest physiotherapy. We hypothesize that a session of chest physiotherapy improves lung function and that thus lung function tests must be performed in a standardized way.

Condition Intervention
Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Procedure: Chest physiotherapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Influence of Chest Physiotherapy on Lung Function Parameters in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

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Further study details as provided by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Difference in FEV1 before and after treatment [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
    Lung function will be performed before a session of chest physiotherapy, and repeated 30 minutes after a chest physiotherapy session of 20 minutes with airway clearance techniques and use of PEP mask

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Difference in LCI before and after chest physiotherapy [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
    Multiple Breath Washout (MBW) will be performed before and 30 min after a session of chest physiotherapy. The difference in LCI (lung clearance index) will be used as secondary outcome.

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: October 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: chest physiotherapy
session of 20 minutes chest physiotherapy with physiotherapist, use of airway clearance techniques, PEP (positive expiratory pressure) device
Procedure: Chest physiotherapy
20 minutes of chest physiotherapy by physiotherapist

Detailed Description:

Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare disease, caused by congenital dysfunction of the motile cilia, located in the upper and lower respiratory tract, in the reproductive system and in the embryonal node. Ineffective ciliary beating results in disturbed mucociliary clearance, which is an important defense mechanism in the respiratory tract. It causes recurrent and chronic upper and lower respiratory tract infections, leading to reversible (mucus plugging) and irreversible lung damage (bronchiectasis, atelectasis, mucus plugging). Just like cystic fibrosis, it is characterized by obstructive lung disease, measured by spirometry.

Using Multiple Breath Washout measurements, it has been shown that peripheral airways disease is present in PCD. Probably, MBW parameters are already abnormal before forced expiratory volume in one second is abnormal.

The therapy for patients with PCD is mainly supportive: regular oral or intravenous antibiotics to treat airway infections and chest physiotherapy to actively increase mucociliary clearance. Chest physiotherapy has the objective to clear mucus from the lungs. Guidelines support the treatment of patients with PCD with chest physiotherapy. It is known that in patients with PCD, exercise has a more bronchodilating effect than the administration of salbutamol. However, no objective data describe the acute effect of chest physiotherapy on spirometry and MBW parameters. Moreover, short term effects of intervention on spirometry and MBW parameters can influence the interpretation of long-term evolution of these parameters.

In cystic fibrosis, one study has assessed the short-term influence of chest physiotherapy on lung function, measured by spirometry and MBW before and after chest physiotherapy. The authors found no significant influence of chest physiotherapy on spirometry parameters, nor on MBW parameters. Therefore, longitudinal interpretation can be performed irrespective of the timing of the lung function measurements. However, cystic fibrosis and PCD have a different pathophysiological mechanism with a more 'mechanical' disturbance of the mucociliary clearance in PCD, compared to a more 'viscous' disturbance of mucociliary clearance in CF. Therefore, the results in CF are not applicable to PCD. Even more, we hypothesize that chest physiotherapy will have a significant effect on lung function parameters (spirometry and MBW) in patients with PCD due to its external mechanical effect on mucus clearance.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 50 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • able to perform spirometry and MBW (>6 years)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • acute exacerbation
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01929356

Contact: Mieke Boon, MD +3216342589 mieke.boon@uzleuven.be

University Hospital Gasthuisberg Leuven Not yet recruiting
Leuven, Belgium, 3000
Contact: Mieke Boon, MD    +3216342589    mieke.boon@uzleuven.be   
Contact: Christiane De Boeck, MD, Phd    +3216343820    christiane.deboeck@uzleuven.Be   
Principal Investigator: Mieke Boon, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
Principal Investigator: Mieke Boon, MD research fellow
  More Information

Responsible Party: Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01929356     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UZLMB001
First Submitted: August 22, 2013
First Posted: August 27, 2013
Last Update Posted: August 28, 2013
Last Verified: August 2013

Keywords provided by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven:
lung function tests
chest physiotherapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ciliary Motility Disorders
Kartagener Syndrome
Movement Disorders
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Abnormalities, Multiple
Congenital Abnormalities
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory System Abnormalities
Heart Defects, Congenital
Cardiovascular Abnormalities
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Situs Inversus