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ISRN Pulmonology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 284386, 8 pages
Research Article

First Report of FVC and FEV1 Reference Values for Beninese Children Aged 11–16 Years

1Institut National de la Jeunesse, de l’Education Physique et du Sport (INJEPS), Université d’Abomey-Calavi, 01 BP 169 Porto-Novo, Benin
2Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), CP 910, 163 Avenue de Luminy, 13009 Marseille, France

Received 12 May 2013; Accepted 17 July 2013

Academic Editors: A. Altraja, A. M. Boylan, A. Celi, A. Comellas, A. Miyazato, and A. Yokoyama

Copyright © 2013 Folly Messan 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. The diagnosis of obstructive ventilatory disorders in children in Benin is not reliable despite the inclusion of ethnic correction factors for European standards (ERS-93) and the use of African-American standards (ITS-Black). Objectives. (1) Define standard values for forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1) and (2) compare the FVC and FEV1 values observed in study subjects to those calculated by the ERS-93 and ITS-Black equations. Methods. FVC and FEV1 were measured using the MicroQuark Spirometer (Cosmed, Italy), and standing height was measured in 274 Beninese boys and 210 Beninese girls. The means and 95% confidence intervals for these values were calculated by univariate analysis. Results. FVC and FEV1 values calculated using the ERS-93 equations were significantly higher ( ) than the measured values from our study. The percent change between the standard values in our study and the standards calculated using the ERS-93 and ITS-Black equations revealed differences between Beninese children and children of European or African-American descent. Conclusion. The differences observed between study samples and those derived from the ITS-Black and the ERS-93 equations should be used as ethnic correction factors.