Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction among athletes: Assessment of bronchial provocation tests

Vakali, Sofia, Vogiatzis, Ioannis, Florou, A., Giavi, S., Zakynthinos, S., Papadopoulos, N.G. and Gratziou, Ch. (2017) Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction among athletes: Assessment of bronchial provocation tests. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, 235. pp. 34-39. ISSN 1569-9048

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Diagnosis of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) requires the use of bronchial provocation tests (BPTs). We assessed exercise-induced respiratory symptoms (EIRS), EIB and asthma in athletes and evaluated the validity of BPTs in the diagnosis of EIB. Rhinitis and atopy were also assessed.

Athletes with (n = 55) and without previous asthma diagnosis (n = 145) were tested by skin prick tests, lung function and eNO measurements. EIRS were recorded and EIB was assessed by methacholine (Mch), eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea (EVH), mannitol and exercise test.

EIRS were highly reported and history of asthma was common among athletes. A high prevalence of atopy (48.7%) and allergic rhinitis (30.5%) was found. Athletes with asthma had a higher response rate to Mch and to EVH, as compared with athletes without a previous asthma diagnosis (P = 0.012 and P = 0.017 respectively). Report of EIRS, rhinitis and atopy were not associated with a positive BPT response.

Screening athletes for EIB using BPTs is suggested, irrespective of reported EIRS or a previous asthma diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asthma; Exercise; Athletes; Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction; Bronchial provocation tests; Allergic rhinitis
Subjects: A300 Clinical Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Ioannis Vogiatzis
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 11:35
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 06:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28976

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