Perrin B, Lagier F, L'Archeveque J, Cartier A, Boulet LP, Cote J, Malo JL, Occupational Asthma: Validity Of Monitoring Of Peak Expiratory Flow Rates And Non-Allergic Bronchial Responsiveness As Compared To Specific Inhalation Challenge, Eur Respir J, 1992;5:40-8,

BOHRF Original Authors' Main Conclusions

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Peak expiratory flow rates (PEFR) was assessed every 2 h in 61 subjects referred for occupational asthma during a period away from work for at least 2 weeks. 3 experienced readers interpreted graphs of PEFR and PC20 values blindly. There was complete agreement among the experts in 54/61 cases. 25/61 subjects (41%) had positive specific inhalation challenge (SIC). The best index for comparing results of PEFR with SIC was the visual analysis of PEFR with sensitivity and specificity of 81% and 74%. Authors conclude that visual analysis of PEFR is an interesting tool for investigating occupational asthma, although sensitivity and specificity values do not seem satisfactory enough to warrant using it alone.

The following comments are from the editors of the BOHRF occupational asthma guidelines and form part of the guidelines.

12 occupational asthma cases had normal BHR

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