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Provocation Testing in Clinical Practice

Sami L. Bahna, MD, DrPH
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(11):1171. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170480101020.
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This fifth volume of the "Clinical Allergy and Immunology" series is one of a kind. Provocation testing goes across several medical specialties. Information on provocation testing that was scarce and fragmented has been updated and expanded; to my knowledge, this information is provided for the first time in one volume. The editor, an expert in bronchial provocation testing, has assembled for this book 29 chapters authored by 62 selected contributors, most of whom are national and international experts in their respective topics.

Individual chapters have been dedicated to nasal, conjunctival, oral, and cutaneous challenges. Several chapters have dealt with bronchial challenge testing and its various applications in clinical practice, research studies, and experimental investigations. A separate chapter is allocated to the peculiarities of bronchoprovocation in children. Exercise and hyperventilation challenge tests are described. Challenge substances include air pollutants; occupational material; specific aeroallergens; animal dander; nonisotonic aerosols; chemical mediators; pharmacological agents;


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