Exhaled nitric oxide and exercise-induced bronchospasm assessed by FEV1, FEF25-75% in childhood asthma
ABSTRACT The relationship between exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) should be clarified. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between eNO and exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) by estimation of the each lung parameter in asthmatic children who performed a bicycle ergometer exercise test. Twenty children with asthma were recruited. eNO concentration was examined by the recommended online method. To evaluate BHR, an exercise stress test was performed on a bicycle ergometer. The mean baseline eNO value was significantly correlated with the mean maximum % fall in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), forced expiratory flow between 25% and 75% (FEF25-75%) after exercise (r=0.53, r=0.65, respectively). eNO in the EIB-positive group was significantly higher than that in the EIB-negative group by assessing FEV1, FEF25-75% (p<0.005, p=0.005). We demonstrated that the most important lung parameter assessed the occurrence of EIB by a bicycle ergometer exercise test was not only FEV1 but FEF25-75%, which significantly correlated with eNO. This suggests that not only FEV1 but FEF25-75% can be used to evaluate the correlations between BHR (EIB) and airway inflammation (eNO) in asthmatic children. A low eNO is useful for a negative predictor for EIB.
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ABSTRACT: Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) is characterised by transient airway obstruction occurring after strenuous exertion. A fall of 10% or more in the FEV1 after exercise is diagnostic. Inhalation of large volumes of dry, cold air during exercise leads to loss of heat and water from the bronchial mucosa and airway cooling and drying. Proposed mechanisms for bronchoconstriction include: (i) mucosal drying and increased osmolarity stimulating mast cell degranulation; and (ii) rapid airway rewarming after exercise causing vascular congestion, increased permeability and oedema leading to obstruction. EIA symptoms start after exercise, peak 8 to 15 minutes after exercise and spontaneously resolve in about 60 minutes. A refractory period of up to 3 hours after recovery, during which repeat exercise causes less bronchospasm, has been observed. The amount of ventilation and the temperature of inspired air are important factors in determining the severity of EIA. Greater ventilation and cold, dry air increase the risk for EIA. Education regarding the nature and management of EIA is important not only for asthmatics but also for their families and coaches. With the proper precautions and workout techniques, there is no limit to what individuals with asthma can achieve in sports. Prevention is the main objective in managing EIA. Nonpharmacological measures include warming up before vigorous exertion, covering the mouth and nose in cold weather, exercising in warm, humidified environments if possible and warming down after exercise. Aerobic fitness and good control of baseline bronchial reactivity also help to diminish the effects of EIA. Inhaled beta-agonists are the medications of choice in EIA prophylaxis. Inhaled sodium cromoglycate (cromolyn sodium) or nedocromil may also be used. Agents that may be added if inhaled beta-agonists or sodium cromoglycate are not adequate include anticholinergic agents (such as ipratropium bromide), theophylline, calcium channel blockers, alpha-agonists, antihistamines and oral beta-agonists. Newer agents include antileukotriene agents, inhaled heparin and inhaled furosemide (frusemide).Ugeskrift for laeger 11/1981; 143(44):2869-71.
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