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if you fail a pft does it mean you have asthma

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jose Medina-Bairan
36 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
PFT: Failing a pft could be due to different reasons, not necesarily due to asthma, your clinical history is more important than the pft to say if you have ... Read More
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Not necessarily: "failing" a pft can mean the presence of obstruction like in asthma or COPD but there can also be restrictive lung disease which is caused by a whole ... Read More

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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
30 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
No : Asthma doesn't affect diffusing capacity, but COPD does. You should discuss this with the physician who ordered the test. If you don't get the answers ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Still controversial: Small airway is considered the primary defect in asthma but one cannot diagnose the presence of asthma by small airway obstruction alone. In fact it ... Read More
Dr. Steven Neish
38 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Asthma: The most typical reason for "small airway" disease in someone young is asthma or viral infection. Prematures can also have chronic lung disease and i ... Read More
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Dr. David Liu
Dr. David Liu answered
19 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Possible: Small airways disease is those > 2mm, or the terminal airways. They can be affected in different conditions, including asthma and copd. Inflammat ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Lee
17 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Quite Accurate: The methacholine challenge is useful to see if you have hyper-reactive airways that are seen in patients with asthma. If you have shortness of breath ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Bezack
18 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Pulmonologist: I suggest going on your insurance carrier website and searching for a pulmonologist in your area. The other option is to ask friends or family if they ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: When i think of hyperventalation i think of anxiety linked causes. These problems should not affect well done pfts and methacholine testing. However ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Follow your doc: Follow your doctor's advice and don't diagnose yourself. Symptoms can overlap between different entities and if they started you on a treatment plan, ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Do your best: To see where you stand now vs first pft. Your ordering provider should know how to step-wise increase therapies / preventatives and controllers for yo ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See doctor: If your lung function test did show mild airway obstruction, it was indicative of that time only. Nocturnal symptoms point to worsening in your asthma ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
25 years experience Infectious Disease
COPD: COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. On xray...One will very commonly find hyperinflated lungs (by rib counting..Rough and dirty way). You ... Read More
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