Differences in laryngeal movements during exercise in healthy and dyspnoeic adolescents.Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Feb; 129:109765.IJ
To compare glottic and supraglottic movements in healthy adolescents and adolescents experiencing dyspnoea during strenuous exercise.
Using the continuous laryngoscopy exercise (CLE)-test laryngeal movements during exercise were analysed in healthy controls (n = 28) and compared to subjects with exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) (n = 10), exercise induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO) (n = 10) and subjects experiencing exercise-induced dyspnoea without having any of these diagnoses (n = 31). Images from the video recordings were assessed regarding glottic angle, glottic area and supraglottic area using the software measuring tool EILOMEA.
No significant differences were detected between controls, the dyspnoea group without a diagnosis of EIB or EILO and the EIB group regarding glottis angle, glottis area or supraglottic area at maximum effort. All three parameters differed significantly in the EILO group compared to the other groups (p=<0.001). In the group with EILO all but one had supraglottic obstruction (corresponding to a CLE-test score ≥2). Movement of the laryngeal structures, corresponding to a CLE-test score of 1, at glottic and/or supraglottic level was seen in 26 of 35 (74%) of controls, 34 out of 41 (83%) of patients in the dyspnoea group, and in 25 of 38 (66%) of EIB-subjects.
Minor movements at both glottic and supraglottic level are equally common in healthy controls as among adolescents with exercise induced dyspnoea without EIB or EILO and adolescents with EIB. Adolescents with EILO had a statistically significant more pronounced supraglottic obstruction than the other groups.