The short-term repeatability of histamine bronchial testing in young males. The SUS Study

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We have measured bronchial responsiveness (BR) to histamine on two occasions between 5 and 24 h apart, to determine if conventional and new indices of BR are repeatable. A random sample of 29 healthy male subjects with a mean age of 19 (SD 3.44) years from a larger study repeated a Yan method test of BR, recording both partial and maximal expiratory flow volume (PEFV and MEFV) curves. From the MEFV curves log-dose slopes (LDS) for forced expiratory volume in 1 sec (FEV1), forced expiratory flow between 25% and 75% of forced vital capacity (FVC) (FEF(25-75%)), mean expiratory flow at 30% and 40% of FVC (MEF30, MEF40), and the first moment of the spirogram (alpha1) truncated at 75% and 90% of FVC were calculated, as well as the provocative dose that induces a 20% fall in FEV1 (PD20FEV1). From the PEFV curves LDS for alpha(1)75% and alpha(1)90%, and MEF30 and MEF40 were derived. Apart from MEF30 and alpha(1)90% the second test was significantly lower (P


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-291
Number of pages5
JournalRespiratory Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2001


  • short term, repeatability, flow-volume curve, log-dose slope