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Panel discussion on respiratory oscillometry in paediatric applications - 9 APRIL, 2024

Panel discussion on respiratory oscillometry in paediatric applications - 9 APRIL, 2024

ERS and PATS joint webinar
9 April, 2024 | Online

18:00-19:00 CEST

Chair: Prof. Refiloe Masekela (Durban, South Africa), Dr Anna Lavizzari (Milano, Italy), Dr Emanuela Zannin (Milano, Italy)
Speakers: Dr Enrico Lombardi (Florence, Italy), Dr Diane Gray (Cape Town, South Africa)



Assessing lung function in early childhood is important to promote optimal lung growth and development. Spirometry is currently the most common lung function test, but its applicability in children is limited because it requires significant patient co-operation to undertake maximal respiratory efforts.

Respiratory oscillometry is an attractive option to assess lung function in paediatric applications because it requires minimal patient cooperation and can be used in young children aged from 3 years, allowing to follow lung function across the life course. However, the application of respiratory oscillometry in clinical practice has been limited in the part by the lack of technical standards and lack of reference data for some patient groups. Technical standards that allow standardisation, comparison and replication of oscillometry results have been recently developed by an ERS Task-Force and published on the ERJ.

Several works are currently being published allowing for the availability of reference values suitable for measurements performed with different equipment, in different age groups and in children of different ethnicities.



Educational aims

  • Respiratory oscillometry methodology
  • Reference values
  • Clinical applications of oscillometry in paediatric patients
  • Significance of respiratory oscillometry in African children


  • Measurement apparatus
  • Input signal
  • Results reporting
  • Reference values
  • Clinical significance in different pediatric lung diseases
  • Respiratory oscillometry for bronchodilator response testing
  • Respiratory oscillometry for bronchial challenge testing

Target audience:

  • Paediatricians
  • Paediatric pulmonologists
  • Neonatologist
  • Respiratory technicians
  • Trainees


This webinar will include 45 minutes of lectures followed by 15 minutes of discussion facilitated by the chairs.


Learning outcomes

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the working principles of respiratory oscillometry
  • The technical standards to produce standardised and reproducible results
  • The most common clinical application of respiratory oscillometry
  • Clinical significance of respiratory oscillometry in paediatric patients, with a focus on African children

CME credit

An application for accreditation of this webinar has been made to the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP) for 1 CME credit per 1-hour attendance. If accredited, the CME credit will be granted upon attendance of at least 60 minutes during the live webinar only.