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BACKGROUND Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) has been demonstrated to be a viable alternative to injection immunotherapy. Administration of high doses of allergens to ensure efficacy has been shown to be well tolerated. The aim of the present study was the first step to address the issue of fast-induction regimens using various induction SLIT regimens in(More)
Recurrent illness involving wheezing during the first years of life is transient in most children. The role of bronchial hyperresponsiveness as a factor influencing the persistence of wheezing from infancy to school age remains unknown. In a prospective study we investigated whether infants who wheezed and subsequently developed persistent asthma differed(More)
We assessed the ability of innovative lung function tests to detect bronchial obstruction induced by methacholine bronchial challenge. Fifty-five recurrently wheezy infants (mean age 16 +/- 5.2 months) free of respiratory symptoms underwent baseline lung function tests. Forty-two completed the methacholine challenge. Maximal flow at functional residual(More)
The effect of whole lung irradiation on lung function was investigated in 48 children treated for Wilm's tumour with pulmonary metastases. Lung function tests were performed before irradiation and were repeated annually for as long as possible, the length of follow-up varying from two to 17 years. A reduction in both lung volume and in dynamic compliance(More)
Wheezing during infancy has been linked to early loss of pulmonary function. We prospectively investigated the relation between bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) and progressive impairment of pulmonary function in a cohort of asthmatic infants followed until age 9 years. We studied 129 infants who had had at least three episodes of wheezing. Physical(More)
A total of 106 children suffering from perennial rhinitis and/or asthma, and all allergic to Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (DP), underwent nasal provocation challenge (NPC) with DP to determine the best method of diagnosis. Posterior rhinomanometry was uninterpretable in 17 patients and gave negative results in 31. Clinical scores for sneezing and(More)
BACKGROUND The repeatability of lung function tests and methacholine inhalation tests was evaluated in recurrently wheezy infants over a one month period using the rapid thoracic compression technique. METHODS Eighty-one wheezy, symptom free infants had pairs of methacholine challenge tests performed one month apart. Maximal flow at functional residual(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of inhaled steroids (IS) on the improvement of clinical asthma symptoms and on the decrease in bronchial hyperreactivity (BHR). Twenty-four children with severe asthma were given 1,000 micrograms beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) daily and compared with ten asthmatic control children. The study included the(More)