A 39-year-old member asked:
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for people with emphysema, asbestosis, and a marathon runner. what do their spirographs look like compared to that of an average person?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
VARIABLE: emphysema-big lungs, decreased flow rates, low diffusion. asbestosis-usually lung function is normal. marathon runner -lung function id incresed flows, normal volumes and diffusion
Answered on Mar 10, 2015
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Simple Terms : In simple terms: A marathon runner should have normal spirometry, Someone with emphysema should have an obstructive spirometry pattern meaning they ha ... Read More
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