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Novel technique helps diagnose swimming-induced respiratory condition

Date:
March 13, 2017
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Wiley
Summary:
Exercise-induced obstruction of the larynx, or voice box, is often a cause of respiratory symptoms in athletes and is particularly prevalent in swimmers. A new report reveals a method to accurately diagnose this condition, using a flexible laryngoscope.
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Exercise-induced obstruction of the larynx, or voice box, is often a cause of respiratory symptoms in athletes and is particularly prevalent in swimmers. A new report reveals a method to accurately diagnose this condition, using a flexible laryngoscope.

Confirming a diagnosis of exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO) requires visualizing movement of the larynx during intense exercise. In this latest report, investigators used waterproof tape to secure a laryngoscope to the nose, along with a modified swim cap and a laryngoscope cable that was suspended above the water and connected to a monitor.

The recorded laryngoscopic video provided stable, high-quality diagnostic images of the larynx during exercise, without disrupting swim strokes or breathing.

"This is a major step forward to help us accurately diagnose breathing problems in swimmers. EILO is a very common cause of breathing problems during swimming and is so often misdiagnosed and mistreated as asthma," said Dr. James Hull, senior author of The Laryngoscope article.


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Journal Reference:

  1. Emil S. Walsted, Laura L. Swanton, Ken van van Someren, Tessa E. Morris, Matthew Furber, Vibeke Backer, James H. Hull. Laryngoscopy during swimming: A novel diagnostic technique to characterize swimming- induced laryngeal obstruction. The Laryngoscope, 2017; DOI: 10.1002/lary.26532

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