[Bronchial asthma and sports]

Schweiz Rundsch Med Prax. 1992 Nov 3;81(45):1359-65.
[Article in German]


Physical exercise can induce an acute attack in most asthmatics. Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) is therefore a common clinical presentation of bronchial asthma. EIA is likely a consequence of bronchial hyperreactivity whereby alterations in bronchial osmolarity, heat-loss by hyperventilation and physical activity per se are discussed as pathogenic triggers. Clinical presentation, pathogenesis and diagnosis of exercise-induced asthma are summarized. Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic possibilities are covered in some depth. In this context the value of sports-therapy in treatment of asthma is redefined. The possibilities and limitations for this form of treatment are explained.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / physiopathology
  • Asthma, Exercise-Induced / diagnosis
  • Asthma, Exercise-Induced / physiopathology*
  • Asthma, Exercise-Induced / prevention & control
  • Body Temperature Regulation
  • Bronchial Hyperreactivity / physiopathology*
  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Hyperventilation / physiopathology
  • Osmolar Concentration