Analysis of the cough sound frequency in adults and children with bronchial asthma

Korpas, J. and Vrabec, M. and Sadlonova, J. and Salat, D. and Debreczeni, L. A. (2003) Analysis of the cough sound frequency in adults and children with bronchial asthma. Acta Physiologica Hungarica, 90 (1). pp. 27-34. ISSN 0231-424X

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It is well known that the frequency distribution of cough sound varies in different pathological conditions. Its identification could have diagnostic value. In this study the cough sound frequency in adults (n=20, 51.7±11 yrs), children (n=21, 11.8±0.4 yrs) asthmatics and healthy volunteers (n=25, 21 yrs) was explored. All patients were suffering from bronchial asthma. They were on a stable therapeutic regime and in a quiet status. Voluntary cough sound was recorded by a microphone and a tape recorder and digitally processed. Overlapping technique and Fast Fourier Transform were used to estimate the sound spectra. The records were smoothed by the method of Pascal triangle. They demonstrate the mean values of cough sound spectra. The registered pseudo three-dimensional plots of cough sound frequency (1 K spectra as function in time) of adults showed that the intensity of frequencies increased from 100 to 900 Hz in 3-4 waves. These frequencies afterwards decreased and between 1 to 2 kHz a smaller elevation was present. The spectra of children resembled to the spectrum of adults but had a smoother course. The spectra of asthmatics had some specificity and differed from the spectrum of healthy volunteers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine / orvostudomány > R1 Medicine (General) / orvostudomány általában
Depositing User: xFruzsina xPataki
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2017 11:32
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2017 11:32

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