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ISRN Pulmonology
Volume 2012, Article ID 658095, 5 pages
Research Article

Lung Function Tests in Sickle-Cell Patients in Benin City

1School of Post Basic Nursing Studies, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Edo State, Benin City, Nigeria
2Department of Physiology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Edo State, Benin City, Nigeria
3Department of Internal Medicine, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Edo State, Benin City, Nigeria

Received 16 December 2011; Accepted 18 January 2012

Academic Editors: C. Brambilla and L. Puente-Maestu

Copyright © 2012 J. N. Oko-Ose et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is a life-long haematological disorder characterized by red blood cells that assume an abnormal, rigid, sickle shape and with high prevalence in West Africa. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common genetic disorders among Africans as indicated in Akinyanju (1989). 61.4% of the children born annually with haemoglobinopathies worldwide have been reported to have SCD and they are from Africa as shown in World Health Organization Report (1987). Hypoxaemia is the hallmark of pulmonary abnormality in SCD patients of all age groups. This was first documented by Klinefelter (1942), and has since been corroborated by other workers. The hypoxaemia of stable SCD patients is said to result from the combined effects of perfusion and diffusion defect. Materials and Methods. This study was carried out to determine the changes in lung functions in relation to gender, age, and body mass index (BMI) of sickle-cell patients in a stable state. 60 subjects made up of 30 patients and 30 control groups were used in this study. Both test and control groups were 13 men and 17 women, aged 19–35 years. Lung Function Test was done with the aid of a digital spirometer (Spirolab II, Italy). Weight was measured using Avery scales (Avery Berkel, 2003, UK). Height was measured using a wall-mounted stadiometer. Data were collected and analyzed using Student's t-test and Pearson correlation. 𝑃 < 0 . 0 5 was statistically significant. Results. The results revealed that adults with SCD had a significantly lower mean forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC) compared to the control. The lung function indices were lower in females than males in the sickle cell patients. The FVC, FEV1, and FEV1/FVC correlated positively with BMI statistically in the patients. The lung function declined with age. This work has also shown that the most common pulmonary function test (PFT) abnormality was restrictive disease pattern (76.7%). Conclusion. The result of this work suggested that lung function differs significantly in subjects with SCD compared with matched controls of a similar age and gender.