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Bronchial Challenge Testing (Methacholine Challenge)

SBGHC - Durham

(519) 369-2340


How do I access this service?

A physician referral is required.  To make an appointment, please call one of the numbers listed above.  


Length of Appointment

1 hour


Patient Instructions

  • SBGHC has a no scent policy. No perfumes please.
  • Bring a current list of your medications. We may not be able to proceed with your test without it.
  • You may eat before the test, but avoid heavy meals.
  • Do not smoke the day of the test.
  • No alcohol or caffeine for 4 hours before the test.
  • Do not wear lipstick.
  • DO NOT TAKE – Ventolin (Salbutamol), or Bricanyl for 8 hours before test.
  • DO NOT TAKE – Singuliar or Accolate 24 hours before test.
  • DO NOT TAKE – Advair, Symbicort, Spiriva, Oxeze for 48 hours before test.
  • DO NOT TAKE – antihistamines for 3 days before test.
  • DO NOT TAKE – Beta Blockers (only with permission from a physician) 3 days prior to test.
  • DO TAKE – all your medications as you normally do, unless told by your physician.


Test Results

Test results will be provided to the physician who referred you for the test.  You will be contacted by your physician's office with your results.   


Where do I register for my appointment?

Please present at Central Registration upon arrival at the hospital. You will then be directed to the location of your appointment.