Exercise Testing in Children with Lung Diseases

Oon Hoe Teoh, Daniel Trachsel, Meir Mei-Zahav, Hiran Selvadurai*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Exercise is an important aspect of health and development in children. By placing the pulmonary system under stress, exercise testing may reveal subtle dynamic abnormalities that are not apparent on conventional static pulmonary function tests. Furthermore, exercise testing assesses the functional impact of respiratory disease on children. Exercise testing has been used in children with a variety of respiratory diseases such as exercise induced bronchoconstriction, asthma, cystic fibrosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia to assess the severity of disease as well as response to various interventions. Furthermore, there is good evidence that exercise testing is a useful tool to help determine prognosis in patients with cystic fibrosis. In addition to the clinical utility, exercise testing is also becoming an increasingly important outcome measure in research studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalPaediatric Respiratory Reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiopulmonary exercise test
  • adolescent
  • asthma
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • child
  • chronic lung disease
  • cystic fibrosis
  • exercise induced asthma
  • exercise induced bronchoconstriction
  • exercise test
  • field test
  • lung disease
  • paediatric
  • pulmonary disease


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