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A 21-year-old member asked:

who can diagnose copd?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Healthcare Providers: A variety of healthcare providers can diagnose COPD including primary care physicians, family doctors, internists and pulmonologists. Other physicians in other fields occasionally make this diagnosis as well.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
COPD: Your family doctor if he has spirometery in his office can diagnose copd.To diagnose COPD you need history of smoking or long term envoirmental exposure to some inhalants which damages your lung, examination, chest xray and spirometery.If your family doctor does not have spirometery he will refer you to a pulmonologist to do it.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
Also could have a family history of COPD at an early age with no history of smoking. In this case, COPD could be diagnosed with an alpha one antitrypsin deficiency screening.
May 9, 2017
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Diagnose...: COPD is diagnosed via clinical assessment and pulmonary function testing. Your family doctor can diagnose copd, although the pulmonary function tests are typically interpreted by a lung specialist and this report is sent to your family doctor. Lung specialists can also diagnose this disease.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is COPD diagnosed?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important.
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What should I do if diagnosed with copd

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Dr. Elizabeth Black
Family Medicine 24 years experience
COPD diagnosis: If you smoke, stop smoking! see a qualified physician who can evaluate you and inform you about the severity. There is a clear treatment and maintenance algorithm for COPD that can extend duration and quality of life and reduce illness days and hospitalizations. Start with an excellent family physician who may elect to refer to a pulmonologist (lung specialist).
A 41-year-old member asked:

How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
PFTs: History physical so2 pfts possibly ct.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long can you live with COPD after diagnosed?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
A long time: Although it depends a little on how severe the COPD is, for the most part, you can live a very long time with copd. I have patients with COPD getting treatment who live a very long time, and they have good, healthy, happy lives. If you get diagnosed with copd, see a doctor and get treated. You can really have a productive life despite the disease.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How can COPD be diagnosed please?

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Dr. Matthew Majzun
Pulmonary Critical Care 14 years experience
Carefully: COPD is a fairly common disease, generally caused by smoking. It can be associated with frequent breathlessness, coughing, and mucous production as well as other symptoms like weight loss. In most cases, your doctor should do a confirmatory breathing test before making the diagnosis - mainly because other diseases can look like COPD and may be more treatable. COPD symptoms can be treated.

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