Original Article

Comparison of Respiratory Parameters of Physically Disabled and Healthy Children


  • Rasmi MUAMMER
  • Seda BAKTIR
  • Kıymet MUAMMER

Bezmialem Science 2015;3(1):8-11


The aim of this study was to compare the respiratory parameters of physically disabled and healthy children.


The study included 25 children. Of these children, 13 were physically disabled and 12 were healthy children. The BTL-08 spirometry device was used for measuring the respiratory values of the children. The gross motor function classification system (GMFCS) and manual ability classification system (MACS) levels were determined.


A statistically significant difference was found between the respiratory parameters of physically disabled and healthy children in relation to the restrictive patterns (p<0.001). The values of forced vital capacity (%FVC) were found to be better in children with GMFCS level 2 and lower than children with level 3 and above (p<0.05).


In addition to the rehabilitation program for physically disabled children, a pulmonary rehabilitation program aiming to conduct respiratory training and increase the respiratory capacity would be useful.

Keywords: Disability, pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory parameters