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Analysis of the exhalome: a diagnostic tool of the future


Martinez-Lozano Sinues, Pablo; Zenobi, Renato; Kohler, Malcolm (2013). Analysis of the exhalome: a diagnostic tool of the future. Chest, 144(3):746-749.

Abstract

Investigations on breath analysis have provided preliminary data on its potential in the noninvasive diagnosis of lung diseases. Although the conventional comparisons of exhaled breath in study populations (ie, diseased vs healthy) may help to identify patients with various lung diseases, we believe that the analysis of exhaled breath holds promise beyond this scenario. On the basis of preliminary findings, we hypothesize that breath analysis (1) could be applied not only to identify patients with lung disease but also to better phenotype healthy subjects at risk and patients with a particular disease, which is in-line with current efforts toward individualized medicine; (2) could be useful in estimating internal body time to determine the optimal time of drug administration, thereby maximizing drug activity and reducing toxicity (chronopharmacology); and (3) could be applied to monitor drugs or drug metabolites, thus, enhancing adherence to prescribed medications and enabling studies on pharmacokinetics.

Abstract

Investigations on breath analysis have provided preliminary data on its potential in the noninvasive diagnosis of lung diseases. Although the conventional comparisons of exhaled breath in study populations (ie, diseased vs healthy) may help to identify patients with various lung diseases, we believe that the analysis of exhaled breath holds promise beyond this scenario. On the basis of preliminary findings, we hypothesize that breath analysis (1) could be applied not only to identify patients with lung disease but also to better phenotype healthy subjects at risk and patients with a particular disease, which is in-line with current efforts toward individualized medicine; (2) could be useful in estimating internal body time to determine the optimal time of drug administration, thereby maximizing drug activity and reducing toxicity (chronopharmacology); and (3) could be applied to monitor drugs or drug metabolites, thus, enhancing adherence to prescribed medications and enabling studies on pharmacokinetics.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Pneumology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:11 Feb 2014 13:03
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:33
Publisher:American College of Chest Physicians
ISSN:0012-3692
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.13-1106
PubMed ID:24008952

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