Breath analysis for respiratory infections

Cristina E. Davis, Jane E. Hill, Matthias Frank, Mitchell M. McCartney, Michael Schivo, Heather D. Bean

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One of the most logical applications of modern breath analysis techniques is to provide information on respiratory infections. Ongoing work in various types of pulmonary infections has begun to denote candidate breath biomarkers of bacterial, viral, and fungal lung infections. Groundbreaking studies have been performed in naturally occurring cases with humans and with animal models of the disease. This has been coupled with cell culture work to understand the nature of the origins of breath biomarkers generated from the pathogen itself as it proliferates. Much work remains to be done, and the published studies described in this chapter are helping to set a foundation for this research area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBreathborne Biomarkers and the Human Volatilome
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780128199671
ISBN (Print)9780128223970
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Airway health
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Respiratory pathogen diagnostics
  • Viral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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