Impact of inhaled glucocorticoids on early postnatal lung development

Jana Kovar

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    [Truncated] Introduction: The use of inhaled glucocorticoids in children during the first two years of life is controversial and poses concern given that the lung is thought to undergo major structural remodeling during this time. There is evidence in animal models that the administration of systemic glucocorticoids during this phase of early postnatal lung maturation, leads to severe and irreversible impairment of alveolar development.
    Aims: The aims of this thesis are to investigate the impact of inhaled glucocorticoids on early postnatal lung development, examining both structure and function, using the rabbit as a model.
    Hypotheses: The main hypotheses are that chronic exposure to inhaled glucocorticoids produces structural changes in the lung during early postnatal development and that these structural changes correlate with detectable changes in lung function.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2002

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