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Evaluation of nasal volume by acoustic rhinometry before and after physical exercise.
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PMID:  16871927     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The nasal structures generate airflow resistance that can reach -50% of the total respiratory resistance. There are a series of factors that can alter the volume of these structures, among them physical exercise. The objective of this study was to determine the degree of changes in nasal volume at different levels of physical exercise, evaluating the influence of exercise intensity and duration, as well as the duration of the effect of exercise on the nasal mucosa. METHODS: Nineteen individuals were submitted to three distinct physical tests on a cycle ergometer: test 1, exercising for 5 minutes on a cycle ergometer at 50% the maximal load; test 2, exercising for 10 minutes on a cycle ergometer at 50% the maximal load; and test 3, exercising for 5 minutes on a cycle ergometer at 75% the maximal load. In each test, nasal volume was measured by acoustic rhinometry immediately after the end of exercise and 10 and 20 minutes thereafter. RESULTS: The rhinometry results showed a significant increase (p < 0.001) in nasal volume after physical exercise for all tests performed. At 20 minutes, nasal volume had returned close to resting levels in all three tests. Comparison of the degree of improvement of nasal volume between the three physical tests showed a significant difference (p < 0.05) between T1 and T2 (T2 presented gain of 8.3% more in nasal volume than T1). Test 3 showed no significant difference (p > 0.05) compared with the other two tests, with 5.8% higher gain in nasal volume observed compared with T1, while the increase was 2.5% lower than in T2. CONCLUSION: Physical exercise in general causes a significant increase in nasal volume, with the duration of exercise exerting a greater effect on the degree of improvement than intensity.
Marconi T Fonseca; Richard L Voegels; Kelerson M C Pinto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of rhinology     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1050-6586     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Rhinol     Publication Date:    2006 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-28     Completed Date:  2006-11-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8807268     Medline TA:  Am J Rhinol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital, University of São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise / physiology*
Exercise Test
Nose / physiology*
Physical Fitness
Rhinometry, Acoustic*
Time Factors

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