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Mid-expiratory flow versus FEV1 measurements in the diagnosis of exercise induced asthma in elite athletes
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    Exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in elite athletes: measuring the fall ?

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the article published in Thorax by Dickinson et al (February 2006)(1) investigating the response of FEF50 following EVH (Eucapnic voluntary hyperventilation) or exercise challenges in elite athletes as an adjunct to FEV1.0. We were however, slightly confused as to the research design selected by the researchers. It appears from the stated methods that the researchers used...

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    Authors Reponse: Exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in elite athletes: measuring the fall ?
    • John W Dickinson, Research Physiologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Greg Whyte, Alison McConnell and Mark Harries

    Dear Editor,

    We would like to thank Lindley and Mickleborough for their comments on our paper (1) recently published in the Thorax journal. We agree that eucapnic voluntary hyperventilation (EVH) challenges provide greater sensitivity when compared with exercise challenges in the diagnosis of EIA in elite athletes and have recently published data supporting this hypothesis (2). Despite the greater sensitivity pr...

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