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Short-time cold dry air exposure: A useful diagnostic tool for nasal hyperresponsiveness.
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PMID:  22865676     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Demonstration of nasal hyperreactivity (NHR) in allergic and nonallergic rhinitis remains a diagnostic challenge because of the lack of a clinically attractive protocol with high sensitivity and specificity. Our aim was to evaluate the feasibility of a shortened cold dry air (CDA) provocation protocol for the diagnosis of NHR in patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) and idiopathic rhinitis (IR). STUDY DESIGN: Twelve AR patients, 12 IR patients, and 12 controls were exposed to air at -10°C and <10% humidity for 15 minutes. METHODS: Nasal symptoms were subjectively evaluated by visual analogue scale (VAS), and nasal obstruction was objectively measured by peak nasal inspiratory flow (PNIF) before and after CDA exposure. NHR was defined as a drop in PNIF larger than 20% from baseline upon CDA challenge. RESULTS: Nasal CDA exposure induced nasal obstruction in AR and IR patients but not in controls. The VAS for nasal obstruction increased significantly in IR patients (post-CDA: 9.1 cm [6.9, 9.7] vs. pre-CDA: 5.5 cm [5.0, 8.9], P = .004) as well as in AR patients (post-CDA: 5.0 cm [1.3, 6.6] vs. pre-CDA: 0.8 cm [0.0, 1.7], P = .001). PNIF values showed a significant decrease in the AR (post-CDA: 50.0 L/min [37.5, 97.5] vs. pre-CDA: 95.0 L/min [52.5, 127.5], P = .002) and IR (post-CDA: 75.0 L/min [47.5, 102.5] vs. pre-CDA: 100.0 L/min [67.5, 130.0], P = .002) group after CDA provocation, which was not observed in the controls (P = 1.000). The sensitivity and specificity of CDA provocation for diagnosis of NHR were 66.7% and 100%, respectively, for both IR and AR. In contrast to nasal obstruction, rhinorrhea and sneezing were not induced by CDA exposure. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that a short nasal CDA exposure is a reliable method for the diagnosis of NHR in rhinitis patients, with a high sensitivity and specificity. Laryngoscope, 2012.
Laura Van Gerven; Guy Boeckxstaens; Mark Jorissen; Wytske Fokkens; Peter W Hellings
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Laryngoscope     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-4995     ISO Abbreviation:  Laryngoscope     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8607378     Medline TA:  Laryngoscope     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; Laboratory of Experimental ImmunologyTranslational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders (TARGID), Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
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