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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
100% of predicted: A good one would be one as close to normal as possible. Too low a dlco/va means that there is likely an air-transfer blockage. Too high may point to ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Can only guess: That the quality was fair likely meaning that your efforts were not sufficient in performing the test.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roland El ghazal
13 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Possible obstruction: This particular test can detect a very early obstruction to the airflow (seen in diseases such as asthma/emphysema etc...) However there are people ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Adler
23 years experience Pediatric Critical Care
Pulmonary function: Pulmonary function testing generally requires a person to sit in a booth and breathe through a mouthpiece. A machine analyzes the flow and volume of a ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
17 years experience Pharmacy
Spirometry: This is the standard test to determine pulmonary obstructions. If you think this is your case, don;t hesitate being tested and if you smoke- stop now ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes....: In copd, there is chronic obstruction in the airways. In a pulmonary function test, it will reveal this obstruction. If there is no obstruction on the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
What's the question?: As much as we'd like to, nobody here can advise you without our knowing what's troubling you, what your symptoms and signs are, and what you've been t ... Read More
A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: doing pulmonary function test before and after a breathing treatment might help to diagnose asts accurately
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
19 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Should indicate: No test is perfect, but a d-dimer test should indicate the presence of a pulmonary embolism.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
One and the same: Assuming you mean "pulmonary function test", spirometry is one (some would say the most important) component of pulmonary function tests.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
Generally no: There is something called a cardiopulmonary exercise stress test that does check lung and cardiac function but a regular cardiac stress test does not ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Chengot
42 years experience Cardiology
Cardiologist: Cardiologist and pulmonary specialist.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnon Rubin
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Pulmonary function tests are the definitive way to rule out emphysema if they are normal.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
28 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: A simple pulmonary function test is not an exercise test requiring running or biking. It is just recording breathing volumes during normal breathing ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
It might but...: If there is an obstructive process such as an impacted stone occluding the bile duct or bad inflammation that is spills over into the liver than liver ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Pulmonary HTN: Echo can detect pulmonary hypertension, but no signs of it on echo does not necessarily rule it out. Right heart catheterization is the most accurate ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
36 years experience Anesthesiology
Different things:: it would be best to discuss in details with your doctor.. Restrictive means reduced ability of lungs to expand, as opposed to obstructive, which refer ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lee Marcus
30 years experience Cardiology
No: the most sensitive test to rule out a pulmonary embolism is a pulmonary angiogram
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
41 years experience Internal Medicine
No lab tests: Coronary artery disease is mainly diagnosed by assessing one's. Cardiovascular risk as well as sorting out various symptoms. Lab tests to help here wo ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
None: The sad reality is that there's no blood test for atherosclerosis. The d-dimer test most assuredly will not. An ultra sensitive c-reactive protein wil ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
None: There are no blood tests that specifically show cad. There are many tests, however, that act as markers for CAD - e.g. Cholesterol, crp. The d dimer i ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends...: Emphysema is a form of copd. In copd, the pulmonary function test will show chronic, irreversible obstruction. However, early in the disease process, ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Diaz
16 years experience Internal Medicine
PFT: This test can be highly variable. The quality of the test can depend on several things. The patient performing the test has to really give it a good ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Miguel Salazar
16 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Either one: If heart failure is being considered as the reason for your shortness of breath, either biomarker can help narrow down the diagnosis. A BNP test shou ... Read More

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