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To our knowledge, no data have been provided as to whether and to what extent dynamic hyperinflation, through its deleterious effect on inspiratory muscle function, affects the perception of dyspnoea during induced bronchoconstriction in patients with chronic airflow obstruction. We hypothesized that dynamic hyperinflation accounts in part for the(More)
BACKGROUND Some of the disagreements on the perception of dyspnea (PD) during bronchoconstriction in asthma patients could depend on the interrelationships among the following: (1) the influence of baseline airflow obstruction on the patient's ability to detect any further increase in airway resistance; (2) the effect of eosinophilic inflammation on the(More)
BACKGROUND Sensitivity and absolute perceptual magnitude characterize the perception of bronchoconstriction (PB). OBJECTIVES To define whether clinical and functional characteristics and level of bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) correlate with these two PB indexes during bronchial challenge in asthma. METHODS PB on both the Borg scale and the(More)
The inter-relationship between the perception of bronchoconstriction, bronchial hyper-responsiveness and temporal adaptation in asthma is still a matter of debate. In a total of 52 stable asthmatic patients, 32 without airway obstruction ¿forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1))/vital capacity (VC) 84.1% (S.D. 7.9%), and 20 with airway obstruction(More)
In patients with COPD, flow limitation (FL) predicts chronic exertional dyspnoea (CED) better than routine spirometry. Whether, and to what extent, FL and CED are overlapping quantities in chronic asthma has not yet been defined. Forty consecutive clinically stable asthmatic patients without smoking history or cardiopulmonary disorders, were studied. In(More)
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