A 39-year-old member asked:
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how do the spirographs differ between someone with emphysema, asbestosis, and a marathon runner?

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Dr. Tauseef Qureshi
13 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Simple Terms : In simple terms: A marathon runner should have normal spirometry, Someone with emphysema should have an obstructive spirometry pattern meaning they have trouble getting the air out when the exhale, And a person with asbestosis should have a restrictive spirometry pattern (meaning they have trouble filling their lungs and taking a breath in).
Answered on Nov 9, 2014
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