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Table 1 Clinical scoring system, modified from Ohnesorge et al. (1998): The highest score given in each subcategory counts as maximum points for this subcategory, maximum points of subcategories are summed up to gain the total score number

From: Metalloproteinases and their inhibitors are influenced by inhalative glucocorticoid therapy in combination with environmental dust reduction in equine recurrent airway obstruction

  Score Max. Points
1. Coughing No cough after manual compression of larynx 0 1
from history, spontaneously or induced 1
2. Dyspnoea at rest moderately increased abdominal effort 1 3
Nostril flare 3
Hypertrophy of abdominal muscles 3
3. Percussion lung field >1 hand increase 1 2
>2 hands increase 2
4. Lung auscultation Wheezes and crackles 2 2
5. Endoscopy Significantly increased secretions with moderate viscosity 1 2
Highly increased secretions with high viscosity 2
Marked thickening of tracheal bifurcation [52] 1
6. BALF cytology Neutrophils <8% 0 3
Neutrophils 8–15% 1
Neutrophils 15–25% 2
Neutrophils >25% 3
7. Blood gas analysis PAO2-PaO2: 0–7 mmHg 0 2
PAO2-PaO2: 7–14 mmHg 1
PAO2-PaO2: >14 mmHg 2