Cote J, Kennedy S, ChanYeung M, Quantitative Versus Qualitative Analysis Of Peak Expiratory Flow In Occupational Asthma, Thorax, 1993;48:48-51,

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Peak expiratory flow rates (PEF) are often used to confirm diagnosis of occupational asthma. Study compared the diagnostic value of a qualitative assessment of change in PEF with objective measures of change in PEF and the results of a specific inhalation challenge test with plicatic acid. 25 subjects with possible red cedar asthma recorded PEF 6 times a day for 3 weeks at work and for 2 weeks away from work and underwent a challenge test with plicatic acid at the end of the recording period. Results show that qualitative PEF analysis had sensitivity of 87% and specificity of 90% in confirming red cedar asthma as diagnosed by the specific challenge test. Authors conclude that qualitative assessment of PEF is a good diagnostic test for cedar asthma.

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