Navigation Links
Asthma Breath Test in Diagnosis of Chronic Cough

According to a team from the Mayo Clinic, whether inhaled corticosteroids can treat a patient's chronic cough can be found out with the help of a simple, fast and economical test; asthma breath test.//

Cough lasting for a few weeks or longer is termed chronic cough. Postnasal drip syndrome, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux are the major causes of this condition. Chronic cough may be sometimes caused by non-asthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis.

The exhaled nitric oxide test; a test commonly used for asthmatics, is a great deal simpler for patients and predicts response to corticosteroid treatment better than the other commonly used test; the methacholine challenge. This was the conclusion arrived at by the study conducted on 114 patients to assess chronic cough.

"We're thinking this could be a significant development in the field of chronic cough," study lead investigator and Mayo Clinic pulmonologist Dr. Peter Hahn said in a prepared statement.

"It could drastically change what we do for patients with chronic cough and also the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of chronic cough. This very accurate -- but rather underused -- test could be used up front for all patients complaining of chronic cough, saving significant time and expense in other testing," he said. "It helps us get to the treatment and bring relief to the patient in the least invasive, fastest way possible."

Inflammation in the bronchial tubes of the lungs is measured by the exhaled nitric oxide test. In this test, the patient is made to breathe into the analyzer four or five times over 10 minutes. Asthma or probably non-asthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis is indicated by the abnormal scores.

In these conditions, inflammation irritates the airway and triggers coughing in the patients. Inflammation can be reduced by corticosteroids and hence, cure this type of chronic cough.

"Patients with a positive, or abnormal, exhaled nitric oxide test had a strong likelihood of response to inhaled corticosteroids, whereas a negative, or normal, exhaled nitric oxide test virtually excluded response to the medication," Hahn said. Use of the test "may potentially have a significant impact on how patients with chronic cough are evaluated and treated," he said.

The findings were presented on Sept. 6 at the European Respiratory Society Meeting in Munich, Germany.
GYT
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. New Drug for Bronchial Asthma
2. Asthma may actually be prevented by Dust and Dirt
3. Inhaled Steroids Safe & Effective for Children with Asthma
4. What happens when Asthmatics consume Aspirin?
5. Asthma! A new warning for heart disease
6. Asthma linked to obesity
7. Higher Risk of Asthma in children with autoimmune disease
8. Asthmatics at increased risk of lung cancer
9. Cleanliness might lead to Asthma
10. Asthma is not just a childhood condition
11. Asthma not just a childhood condition
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/12/2016)... FL (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... as a Service (WaaS), today announced the integration of Clarity Intelligence Platform (CIP) ... channel partners to offer real-time business intelligence (BI) to their small and medium ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The Jones Agency, a family owned ... Texas, is launching a cooperative charity drive with the Tarrant Area Food Bank in ... 50,000 individuals and families in need, the Tarrant County Food Bank offers hope and ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... San Ramon, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... tissue donation in northern California and Nevada, announced a partnership with San Ramon Regional ... be transferred to the hospital’s facilities as a way to accommodate a more certain ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Mediaplanet today announces the launch ... component of “Revolutionizing Cancer Care” is distributed within the February 12 issue of ... a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated readership of 750,000 readers. ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... US Sport Camps is pleased to announce the addition of junior golf ... the host site and directing the camps is PGA Professional and 2008 Iowa State ... recent years around Des Moines and are fortunate to have such a well-respected instructor ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... 2016 --> ... Inflammation Global Clinical Trials Review, H2, 2015 provides ... clinical trials landscape along with top level data ... (G7 & E7), Trial Status, Trial Phase, Sponsor ... companies involved and enlists all trials (Trial title, ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... The primary goal of this research is to analyze ... of liquid biopsy. Key information the survey seeks to ... liquid biopsy adoption amidst future users - Predominantly used ... Sample inflow to conduct liquid biopsy tests - Preference ... on. - Correlation analysis of sample type and biomarker ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... PRO-DEX, INC. (NasdaqCM: PDEX) today announced financial results ... The Company also filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q ... Securities and Exchange Commission today. --> ... --> --> Net sales for the ... 95%, to $5.4 million from $2.8 million for the three ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: