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Airway Hyperreactivity: Managing Outcomes and New Directions

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Abstract:

Bronchial hyperreactivity is defined as an increased sensitivity to bronchoconstrictor stimuli. It is regarded as the physiological hallmark of bronchial asthma. It is usually associated with a positive family history of asthma, atopy, and evaluated total serum immunoglobulin E. Its prevalence in the normal population ranges from 10 to 20%; it increases with age and is significantly associated with both allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis. The relationship between bronchial hyperreactivity and respiratory symptoms may be weak. Bronchial hyperreactivity varies in severity with allergen exposure, viral infection, exposure to pollutants, environmental avoidance measures, anti-inflammatory therapy, and immunotherapy.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: November 1, 2002

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

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