Effects of inspired air conditions on catecholamine response to exercise in asthma

I. Amirav, V. Panz, B. I. Joffe, R. Dowdswell, M. Plit, H. C. Seftel

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The influence of different inspired air conditions on exercise‐induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) is well appreciated. However, the mechanism by which this influence is exerted is uncertain. To determine if varied inspired air conditions during exercise could affect the catecholamine response to physical exercise, we had 13 asthmatic and 6 healthy children (aged 10–18 years) undergo two bouts of cycle ergometry tests under different air conditions. One test was done while breathing cold dry (CD) air (temperature, −20.2°C; relative humidity, 0%) and the other while breathing warm humid (WH) air (temperature, 34.3%; relative humidity, 100%). Forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV,) and plasma catecholamine concentrations were recorded before and after exercise. Marked EIB (48 2 5% SEM fall in FEV, from baseline) developed in all asthmatics after the CD exercise, but no EIB was noted after the WH exercise. Normal controls had no EIB under either test conditions. Plasma levels of catecholamines at rest, and the changes that occurred during and after exercise, were comparable within as well as between the groups in both tests. Catecholamines did not rise in asthmatics following development of EIB. These data demonstrate that inspired air conditions do not influence the sympathoadrenal response to exercise, at least as reflected in plasma catecholamine levels. In fact, this response did not differ between asthmatics and normals, irrespective of the development of EIB. These results are consistent with previous reports about impaired catecholamine response of asthmatics to bronchoconstriction.Pediatr Pulmonol. 1994;18:99–103. © 1994 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Pulmonology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Exercise‐induced bronchoconstriction
  • noradrenaline concentration
  • plasma adrenaline


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