bronchial challenge test

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bronchial

 [brong´ke-al]
pertaining to or affecting one or more bronchi.
bronchial challenge test a pulmonary function test in which an aerosol such as methacholine, histamine, or an allergen is administered to provoke bronchospasm; used in diagnosis of asthma.

bronchial challenge, bronchial challenge test

a challenge test in which a nonspecific agent such as histamine or methacholine is applied to the bronchi and they are assessed for a bronchoconstriction reaction. Also called bronchial provocation. See inhalational challenge test.

bronchial challenge test

Any of a group of functional tests for assessing asthma, in which a nebulised agent—e.g., histamine, methacholine—is sprayed on the bronchial mucosa that evokes bronchoconstriction in asthmatics, which is detected by spirometry; BCT is used to establish a baseline pulmonary functional status.