Respirology

Molecular breath analysis supports altered amino acid metabolism in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Molecular breath analysis supports altered amino acid metabolism in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Martin Thomas Gaugg, Anna Engler, Lukas Bregy, Yvonne Nussbaumer-Ochsner, Lara Eiffert, Tobias Bruderer, Renato Zenobi, Pablo ML Sinues and Malcolm Kohler.

Background
Collagen-related amino acids are significantly increased in exhaled breath of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients compared with healthy controls. The detection of these amino acids using real-time breath analysis results in a good discrimination between the groups, indicating the possibility for a rapid, non-invasive screening for IPF.