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Reproducibility of methacholine induced bronchoconstriction in healthy subjects: the use of area under the expiratory flow-volume curve to express results.
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PMID:  2247667     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The usefulness of the pulmonary function variable, area under the expiratory flow-volume curve (AEFV), in methacholine provocation (MP) studies in normal subjects was evaluated. The baseline coefficients of variation (CV), maximal fall from post-saline values (MAX) and dose-response slope [DRS = maximal percentage fall in pulmonary function/maximal noncumulative methacholine dose (mumol)] were calculated for AEFV, and were compared to those of forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), maximum expiratory flow at 50% (MEF50%) and at 25% (MEF25%). Also the repeatability after 2 and 8 weeks was assessed. The rank order of CVs was FEV1 less than AEFV less than MEF50% approximately MEF25% all differences, except MEF50% vs. MEF25%, being significant (P less than 0.05). The order of sensitivities (estimated with MAX and DRS) was FEV1 less than AEFV less than MEF50% less than MEF25%. Again, all differences were significant (AEFV vs. MEF50% P less than 0.01, others P less than 0.001). After two weeks the correlation coefficients for MAX- and DRS-values of AEFV were 0.84 and 0.94 (P less than 0.001), respectively. After an eight week period the correlations were still high, 0.86 and 0.92 (P less than 0.001), respectively, but the actual MAX- and DRS-values tended to be smaller than eight weeks before. The repeatability of MAX of AEFV was not quite as high as that of FEV1. On the other hand, the correlations of DRS-value derived from AEFV were markedly better than those derived from FEV1. In conclusion, MP in normal subjects is well repeatable at least within two weeks, but after an eight week period disturbing factors may intervene reducing repeatability. AEFV can be considered at least as good a pulmonary function variable as FEV1 in demonstrating bronchoconstriction during MPs in normal subjects, and it might even be a better variable to obtain DRS-values than other variables tested.
O P Seppälä
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory medicine     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0954-6111     ISO Abbreviation:  Respir Med     Publication Date:  1990 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-01-10     Completed Date:  1991-01-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8908438     Medline TA:  Respir Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  387-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Turku, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Bronchial Provocation Tests
Bronchoconstriction / drug effects*
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Maximal Expiratory Flow-Volume Curves / drug effects
Methacholine Chloride / pharmacology*
Reproducibility of Results
Reg. No./Substance:
62-51-1/Methacholine Chloride

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