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Is Free Running Asthma Screening Test still useful?
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PMID:  21291108     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of Free Running Asthma Screening Test (FRAST) as a method that may help the diagnosis of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) in children from a rural area and to compare the results with their history of asthma.
METHODS: A FRAST challenge took place at 9 schools. It lasted for 6 minutes and pupils performed it properly with the help of an athlete. The best out of three Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) efforts was recorded before and after challenge, using a mini-Wright peak-flow-meter. A more than 15% drop in PEFR was considered an indication of EIB. A questionnaire defining asthmatic symptoms had been distributed and already completed by their parents.
RESULTS: The exercise was successfully performed by 268 children. Eleven children presented a fall of PEFR of at least 15%, five or ten minutes after the exercise; among these, only three boys had a history of asthma, while the remaining 8 children were undiagnosed. No difference regarding age, gender or locations' altitude was found.
CONCLUSION: FRAST can be of great use in the diagnosis of EIB in areas that lack proper tools and specialized personnel. A poor correlation between self-reported symptoms and the results of exercise challenges was confirmed.
C Pitsios; S R Del Giacco; C Grigoreas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The West Indian medical journal     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0043-3144     ISO Abbreviation:  West Indian Med J     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417410     Medline TA:  West Indian Med J     Country:  Jamaica    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  287-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Simopoulo Health Center, Amaliada's General Hospital, Amalias, Greece.
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