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What is a Pulmonary Function tests

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. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
PFT...: Pulmonary function tests are tests that measure your respiratory functioning. They will show if you have obstructive or restrictive lung disease as we ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
40 years experience Plastic Surgery
Checks lung function: Pfts check numerous areas of lung capacity, flow rates, etc. And are useful in treating/diagnosing emphysema, copd, restrictive ariway diseases, asthm ... Read More
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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Sometimes: Sme physicians have a spirometer in the office that does some pulmonary function testing. Most hospitals will also have a respiratory lab where pfts ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Moss
Dr. Gary Moss answered
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Test for asthma: It involves blowing into a tube which is connected to a computer. It measures a number of variables of airflow. Often, after getting a baseline, we ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Adler
23 years experience Pediatric Critical Care
Pulmonary function: Pulmonary function testing is used to provide physicians with insight into whether a person has 'normal' lung function or that associated with certain ... Read More
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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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seema Patel
26 years experience Holistic Medicine
Liver test: Hepatic means liver. So this test is a panel of different liver enzymes.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
A : A pulmonary function test (often referred to as pfts) typically involves taking measurements of your lung capacity with a spirometer. This is a device ... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
34 years experience Pulmonology
Complex study: A pulm stress test or cpx is a very thorough study were the performance of the lung (function) is being measure while at work (exercise). But also the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
34 years experience Pulmonology
Lung function: Usually a lung capacity is the total amount of air you can take & hold upon a deep breath. It is part of the lung capacities (TLC, IC, EC) & f ... Read More
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A 50-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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
32 years experience Cardiology
Depends: The troponin level should be normal and is used in the setting of worsening chest pain to evaluate for a heart attack. if you have other symptoms lik ... Read More
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
All MDs/DOs: Virtually all mds/dos can order the test...But most often the test is ordered by primary care docs or pulmonologists or allergists. Other docs don't u ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Which: one?
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Green
44 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Breathing test: The pulmonary function test measures how well air moves in and out of the lungs and what you lung capacity is. Basically you blow into a machine. You ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Tuberculosis test: A mycobacterium tuberculosis complex test (mtbc or mtc test) is a test for tuberculosis. In this case, the test is looking for tuberculosis germs in t ... Read More
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A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Different: PFT measures your lung function in its current state. Methacholine challenge is often used when the lung function test is normal but asthma is suspect ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
Restrictive change: Restrictive changes mean that you generally can get air in and out but just less (like your lungs are restricted... Like belly is restricted when your ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
21 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Not asthma: This is not asthma. It's similar symptoms due to heart failure. Your doctor can test your heart (EKG, Echocardiogram) about heart failure and examine ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
21 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Not asthma: This is not asthma. It's similar symptoms due to heart failure. Your doctor can test your heart (EKG, Echocardiogram) about heart failure and examine ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tadge Kanjo
22 years experience General Surgery
Gallbladder function: If you are referring to a functional test of the gall bladder which is done in nuclear medicine, it is a study known as a hepatobiliary scan. The test ... Read More
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