Spirometry Changes in Cold Climatic Conditions of Antarctica

Iyamanda B Udaya, Chettangada C Laxmi, Hulegar A Abhishekh, Trichur R Raju, Talakad N Sathyaprabha

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BACKGROUND: Pulmonary function is one of the important physiological measures that is known to be affected during the changes in the altitude. There is dearth of literature on changes in the pulmonary function variables in the cold climate conditions of Antarctica. We carried out spirometry before, during and after one year stay at Antarctica in members of the Indian expedition.

METHODS: Spirometry was carried out on 23 members of the XXVI Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica at baseline, after six months of expedition and at the end of one year, using standard guidelines. The tests were carried out indoor in temperature controlled laboratory.

RESULTS: The pulmonary function test parameters did not vary across the period. Although, both forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in first second (FEV1) showed a decreasing trend but did not attain any statistical significance. However, peak expiratory flow (PEFR) rate was reduced significantly.

CONCLUSION: Our study did not show consistently significant change in the pulmonary function parameters in the members of the Indian Antarctic expedition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-60
Number of pages2
JournalIndian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


  • Antarctic Regions
  • Cold Temperature
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Environmental Medicine
  • Humans
  • Respiratory Function Tests


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