NEW YORK (360Dx) – Clinicians using the mannitol challenge test to screen for asthma need to be cautious in interpreting its findings, according to a recent study.

The test, which measures bronchoconstriction upon exposure to increasing amounts of mannitol, was designed to diagnose asthma among patients suspected of having the condition because of wheezing, a cough, or other symptoms. But it is increasingly being used to screen the general public for asthma, such as firefighter and military recruits, elite athletes, and young children participating in sports.

To read the full story....

Register for Free.

Already have a GenomeWeb or 360Dx account?
Login Now.