Bronchoprovocation testing

S. S. Braman, W. M. Corrao

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Abstract

Bronchoprovocation testing is an important clinical tool that can detect the presence of bronchial hyperresponsiveness, a constant feature of asthma. Nonspecific hyperresponsiveness occurs in all asthmatics and can be demonstrated by the methacholine, histamine, cold air, exercise, and osmotic challenges. Bronchial hyperresponsiveness with specific agents such as chemical sensitizers, allergens, aspirin, and metabisulfite occur in a limited population of apparently sensitized asthmatics. Bronchoprovocation testing can be useful in confirming the diagnosis of asthma and defining the pathophysiology of a variety of pulmonary symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-176
Number of pages12
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Volume10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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