Accession Number : ADP006586

Title :   Asthma in Aircrew: Assessment, Treatment and Disposition,

Corporate Author : DEFENCE AND CIVIL INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE DOWNSVIEW (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Gray, Gray W.

Report Date : APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : Asthma represents a spectrum of increased airway reactivity from mildly increased responsiveness through to severe life-threatening bronchospasm. Rational recommendations for treatment and aeromedical disposition require a careful assessment of bronchial reactivity through correlation of the clinical findings with results of pulmonary function testing including an objective measure of airway reactivity . Airway challenge testing with methacholine allows a safe, objective assessment of airway reactivity. In the Canadian Forces, aircrew candidates with a history of wheezing, recurrent cough or bronchitis in childhood, or abnormal screening PFTs are further screened with an airway challenge test. Applicants with a PC20 less than 4 mg/mi are disqualified from pilot selection, and less than 2 mg/ml from other aircrew.

Descriptors :   *BRONCHITIS, *FLIGHT CREWS, *PULMONARY FUNCTION, ASTHMA, CORRELATION, FUNCTIONS, HISTORY, PILOTS, REACTIVITIES, SELECTION, TEST AND EVALUATION.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE