Evaluating the Athlete with Suspected Exercise-Induced Asthma or Bronchospasm

Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) and exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB)/bronchoconstriction (EIC) describes two clinical entities by which exercise triggers bronchial hyperresponsiveness. Exercise is a common trigger of bronchospasm in the asthmatic (EIA), as well as athletes without the underlying inflammation associated with asthma (EIC/EIB). Approximately 10% to 20% of the general population have EIA or EIB (1–3). The approach to the diagnosis and subsequent management relies on the clinician’s ability to recognize clinical signs and symptoms, then selecting the correct diagnostic test. A baseline spirometry/pulmonary function test is recommended for all athletes to evaluate for underlying asthma. Subsequent direct or indirect bronchial provocation testing is recommended to correctly diagnose EIA or EIB (4). Athletes should not be treated empirically with bronchodilators based on symptoms alone without confirmatory spirometry and provocative testing. 

Autor / Fonte:Fred H Brennan, Jeffrey Alent, Michael J Ross Current Sports Medicine Reports 2018, 17 (3): 85-89
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