Journal of Applied Physiology


A computer program was developed to calculate the frequency dependence of dynamic compliance (Cdyn) using continuous data analysis. Cdyn was measured repeatedly in eight normal human subjects over a 2-yr period. Comparison with Cdyn results measured manually showed that the computer program improved 10-fold the ratio of variance within subjects to between subjects of the compliance at specific frequencies, but there was only slight improvement in indices of the slope of the frequency dependence of compliance. We suggest that the absolute compliance at specific frequencies merits further consideration as a pathophysiological measurement and that, if the frequency dependence of compliance continues to be used, standardization of its calculation should be applied and the wide normal range should be more widely appreciated. Measurements of Cdyn in subjects breathing 80% helium-20% oxygen confirm that inertia is insignificant when breathing with tidal volumes of less than 500 ml and frequency of less than 1.5 Hz.