Published: Jan 1985
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Measurement of airway responsiveness is commonly included in studies of the adverse health effects of air pollutants. These measurements are important in characterizing the study population when patients with asthma are studied. In addition, an acute increase in airway responsiveness may be a sensitive marker indicating acute airway injury. In this review, some of the important technical factors that affect measurement of airway responsiveness are discussed.
asthma, airway responsiveness, inflammation, air pollution, inhalation toxicology
Assistant professor of medicine, Medical Service, San Francisco General Hospital, The Northern California Occupational Health Center and the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, CA