Relationship between responses to bronchodilation testing and to nasal decongestion testing in patients with allergic rhinitis alone

Giorgio Ciprandi, A. Pistorio, M. A. Tosca, I. Cirillo, G. L. Marseglia

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Abstract

A remarkable relationship exists between upper and lower airways. Bronchial obstruction is a paramount feature of asthma as well as nasal obstruction of allergic rhinitis (AR). This study aims to evaluate the response to both bronchodilation and decongestion testing and their relationships in a large group of patients with moderate-severe persistent AR alone. Two hundred eleven patients with moderate-severe persistent AR were prospectively and consecutively evaluated. Clinical examination, skin prick test, spirometry, bronchodilation test, rhinomanometry, and decongestion test were performed on all patients. Seventeen subjects (8%) did not respond to any of the tests, 55 subjects (26.1%) were responders only to the decongestion test, 31 (14.7%) only to the bronchodilation test, and 108 subjects (51.2%) responded to both these tests. Longer AR duration was significantly associated with positive response to both tests (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-160
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Inflammation
Volume7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Bronchodilation
  • Decongestion test
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Rhinomanometry
  • Spirometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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