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Table of Contents - Year : 2016 | Month : March | Volume : 10 | Issue : 3 | Page : CC07 - CC10

Lung Transfer Factor in Middle Aged Asymptomatic Male Smokers of a City from West India: A Cross-Sectional Study CC07-CC10

Bhakti P. Gadhavi, Jayesh D. Solanki, Hemant B. Mehta, Chinmay J. Shah, Pradnya A. Gokhale, Amit H. Makwana

Dr. Jayesh D. Solanki,
F1, Shivganga Appartments, Plot no 164, Bhayanini Waadi, Opp. Bawaliya Hanuman Temple,
Gadhechi Wadlaa Road, Bhavnagar-364001, Gujarat, India.

Introduction: Smoking is an increasingly popular indulgence in India. Assessment by routine spirometry falls short of direct functional parameter like Diffusion Lung Capacity (DLC), also known as lung transfer factor (LTF).

Aim: To measure LTF amongst middle aged male smokers and to study various correlates for it.

Materials and Methods: Total of 45 asymptomatic male current smokers were enrolled for this cross-sectional study conducted at pulmonary function testing lab of Physiology Department of our college. Smoking history was evaluated and smoking index was defined by product of number smoked per day and years smoked. We used instrument Ultima PFX of Medgraphic Company. After pre syringe calibration LTF was measured by Methane mixture using protocols of ATS. Parameters measured were Dlco-uncorrected, corrected and normalized to VA (alveolar volume). Results were compared for statistical significance and significance was set as p <0.05.

Results: In case group of 45(25 bidi and 20 cigarette smokers) mean age was 30 years, mean duration was 8 years, mean smoking index was 60. We found small insignificant decline in actual LTF values than predicted which was not significantly different between bidi and cigarette smokers. Duration, age and intensity of smoking were negatively and significantly correlated with LTF value while anthropometric parameters were not.

Conclusion: Smoking adversely affects LTF in young asymptomatic current male smoker that further declines with severity of smoking and with duration regardless of type of smoking. With years to come, these alterations can largely be prevented by smoking cessation, at least theoretically.