Exercise induced bronchoconstriction in adults: evidence based diagnosis and management

  title={Exercise induced bronchoconstriction in adults: evidence based diagnosis and management},
  author={James M. Smoliga and Pnina Weiss and Kenneth William Rundell},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
#### What you need to know EIB is defined as “the transient narrowing of the lower airway following exercise in the presence or absence of clinically recognized asthma.”1 Bronchoconstriction typically develops within 15 minutes after exercise and spontaneously resolves within 60 minutes. After an episode of EIB, there is often a refractory period of about 1-3 hours in which, if exercise is repeated, the bronchoconstriction is less emphasised in 40-50% of patients.2 3 EIB can also occur during… 
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An official American Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline: exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.
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Imitators of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction
  • Pnina Weiss, K. Rundell
  • Medicine
    Allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology : official journal of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
  • 2009
The goal of this review is to describe other clinical entities that mimic asthma or EIB symptoms and can be confused with EIB.
Air quality and temperature effects on exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.
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Prevalence of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction in a general adolescent population
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