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How common is it for someone to need a pulmonary function test?

How common is it for someone to need a pulmonary function test?

Common test: Its a fairly common test used to quantify several different lung functions. Quite useful. ...Read more

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Pulmonary Function Test (Definition)

Pulmonary function tests is a term used to describe a group of tests done to determine lung function. Spirometry measures the amount of air that can be taken in as well as the flow rate of forcefully exhaled air . A graph is generated and can be used to determine lung function. Likewise lung volumes and diffusing capacity determine the capacity as well as ...Read more


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How common is it for someone to need a tuberculosis skin test?

How common is it for someone to need a tuberculosis skin test?

PrettyCommonForSome: It depends on your profession and your age and your symptoms as well 1 All health care providers are tested frequently foe Tuberculosis with PPD 2For Immigrants coming to USA 3 Children in School 4Teachers 5Those who have been in contact with a TB Patient 6When you suspect TB In a patient It is common test in any doctor's office and clinics ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a neck cta?

How common is it for someone to need a neck cta?

CTA of the neck: Cta of the neck is usually done to evaluate arteries in the the neck. Usually the carotid or vertebral arteries. Most common reason is to evaluate narrowing in there arteries. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a hysterosalpingography?

How common is it for someone to need a hysterosalpingography?

Very Common: Hysterosalpingography or hsg is still one of the first tests of infertility for all women. This test helps to determine whether the fallopain tubes are open and whether the uterine cavity is normal. Traditionally it is performed using x-rays and a contrast dye. Recently I have been using a new device (femvue) to inject saline with air bubbles and use ultrasound to determine if they are open. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a holter monitor?

How common is it for someone to need  a holter monitor?

Holter monitor: It depends on the patient's symptoms and the frequency that they occur. Holter monitors are useful for picking up arrhythmias that occur on a frequent, usually daily basis since the monitor is in place for 24-48 hours. Arrhythmias that occur less frequently are better detected with a 30 day ambulatory event monitor. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a complete blood count?

How common is it for someone to need a complete blood count?

Very: We do cbcs routinely, looking for anemia, signs of infection, drug side effects, clues about blood cancers, bruising issues and it helps also to find closet alcohol drinkers who deny it! ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

Common: In this day & age where people are getting imaging studies more frequently, "incidental" thyroid nodules are found more easily, leading to more biopsy and more surgery. Approx 50, 000 new thyroid cancer cases are expected in 2011 resulting in approx 2000 deaths. The decision to proceed with surgery depends on discussion between you and your treating physicians (surgeon, pcp & endocrinologist). ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a splenectomy?

How common is it for someone to need  a splenectomy?

Not too common: Removal of the spleen is generally reserved for conditions such as trauma or accident with spleen rupture. Other conditions could be from disease called itp causing low platelets. There are some rare lymphoma cancers than may need splenectomy. Also rarely is severe spleen enlargement from uncommon blood or bone marrow disorders. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a bladder biopsy?

How common is it for someone to need a bladder biopsy?

Common for ? cancer: Bladder biopsy is necessary in all cases of suspected or proven bladder tumors. Suspected by abnormal appearing area/s or lesions in bladder lining. Necessary to make complete diagnosis when tumor is found by cystoscopy, ultrasound, ct or mri. Pathology of biopsy specimen helps to identify + grade type + severity of malignancy. As well as degree of invasion (stageing). Necessary to plan treatment. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a cardiac event monitor?

How common is it for someone to need  a cardiac event monitor?

Depends: This is not an uncommon test ordered. It is used to see if any cardiac arrhythmia is associated with symptoms you are having. ...Read more

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How do you test for metabolic alkalosis? If this is confirmed how is it treated?

Treat the cause: The most certain way to test for alkalosis (or acidosis) is with an arterial blood gas test. If the arterial ph is abnormally high, there is alkalosis. M. A. Typically shows an elevated serum co2 level, because of increased bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). The treatment depends on the cause of m.A. Repeated vomiting causes m.A. Because of loss of hcl (acid) from the stomach. You treat the cause of vomiting. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a myomectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a myomectomy?

Very Common: Many women have fibroids. Some women don't have problems from fibroids, but other women have painful periods, heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure, pain with sex, or infertility. The only way to remove fibroids is surgery and so myomectomy is very common. Myomectomy can be done in different ways so not every surgery is the same. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a gastric bypass?

How common is it for someone to need a gastric bypass?

Very common: Less then 30% of the american population actually has a normal bmi. Obesity is a major epidemic in this country and is rapidly expanding, especially in the adolescent and preadolescent age groups.Surgery is performed in 1% or less of those individuals who are consider candidates for these procedures. Surgery for obesity, especially over the last ten years has become increasingly more popular. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a tonsilectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a tonsilectomy?

Not common anymore.: Tonsillectomy used to be so common that the family practitioner did it in children in the office, give them ice cream and send them home. Since the 60's, was understood that tonsils are important lymph tissue, that drains uris. Now there needs to be defined indication to do it, such as 3 significant strep infections over 1-2 years. So, an infection disease or ENT expert should be in the decision. ...Read more

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How important is it to test for aldosterone for a patient with resistant hypertension? If *, then what is the exact test name called?

How important is it to test for aldosterone for a patient with resistant hypertension? If *, then what is the exact test name called?

Test Aldo bad HTN: Testing renin and aldosterone may reveal that your BP is being driven by either your kidneys or your adrenals. And will suggest the best treatment. There may also be a surgical cure for either cause and some other causes that may turn up with proper testing. You want what is called an aldo/renin ratio with a simultaneous 24 hr urine for Na, K, Creat, aldosterone, cortisol and catecholamines. ...Read more

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What is a pulmonary function testing and how is it done?

What is a pulmonary function testing and how is it done?

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 disease states. These tests can give a profile of lung function to help differentiate certain forms of obstructive lung disease such as COPD or asthma from forms of restrictive lung disease like sarcoidosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a (starting) renal dysfunction even if creatinin in blood serum is normal? What are symptoms? And how to test for it?

Is it possible to have a (starting) renal dysfunction even if creatinin in blood serum is normal?  What are symptoms? And how to test for it?

Early renal injury: Yes. Serum creatinine does not reveal kidney impairment until 25-35 percent of function is lost. The doc orders a 24 hr urine creatinine clearance to get an accurate percent function. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a pulmonary function test?

Common test: Its a fairly common test used to quantify several different lung functions. Quite useful. ...Read more

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What is a pulmonary function test?

What is a pulmonary function test?

PFT's: are tests that look at your lung function. They are used to tell if you have obstructive disease by looking at how much air you can blow out; they can tell if you have a restrictive disease by looking at your lung volumes; and they can tell how well you are able to exchange oxygen between your alveoli (air sacs) and capillaries by doing a diffusion test. ...Read more

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What exactly is a pulmonary function test?

What exactly is a pulmonary function test?

PFT's: are tests that look at your lung function. They are used to tell if you have obstructive disease by looking at how much air you can blow out; they can tell if you have a restrictive disease by looking at your lung volumes; and they can tell how well you are able to exchange oxygen between your alveoli (air sacs) and capillaries by doing a diffusion test. ...Read more

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Pulmonary function test results, what to do?

Pulmonary function test results, what to do?

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 told. Pulmonary function tests are of limited value even in arriving at a clinical diagnosis, let alone as a guide to treatment. ...Read more

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What happens during a pulmonary function test?

What happens during a pulmonary function test?

Breathing test: Pulmonary function test (pfts) are non-invasive breathing studies done with a computer. You breathe into it according to the direction of the technician and it measures the volume of air and forces during breathing. Often then you breath in a medicine that relieves airway spasm (bronchodilator) to measure any changes resulting. Another part of the test measures gas exchange at the alveolar level. ...Read more

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What is invovled in a pulmonary function test?

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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 give the patient an asthma medication called "albuterol, " and repeat the test. The results are used to diagnose asthma and emphysema, among other diseases. ...Read more

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What is involved in typical pulmonary function test?

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 air moving trough the lungs. The procedure is benign and not painful. ...Read more

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What can trigger an inaccurate pulmonary function test?

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 effort. Many times this is also dependent on the person administering the test, who must be a good instructor. Also the equipment must be calibrated, and functioning well, no air leaks and also the type of equipment may allow for some variability ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can pass a pulmonary function test?

Can i tell me how i can pass a pulmonary function test?

Can't be done: You can study to pass an exam, try to cheat to pass a drug test (it probably will not work), but you can't do anything to pass a pulmonary function test. It's a measure of your body, and it's as impossible to prepare for it as it is to prepare to have your height measured. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can pass the pulmonary function test?

Can't be done: You can study to pass an exam, try to cheat to pass a drug test (it probably will not work), but you can't do anything to pass a pulmonary function test. It's a measure of your body, and it's as impossible to prepare for it as it is to prepare to have your height measured. ...Read more

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What could have caused me to fail my pulmonary function test?

Interpretation/M.D.: The pulmonary function test report shows many values related to lung function. The report generated may indicate whether the quality of the testing and your effort led to inaccurate values. Multiple different forms of lung disease may cause low values upon testing. ...Read more

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I have to get a pulmonary function test. What does this entail?

I have to get a pulmonary function test. What does this entail?

Blowing: You have to blow into a tube. You will be given specific instructions by the therapist performing the test. No injections, no anesthesia. You might be given a medication to inhaler. You might have to sit in a closed glass box. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pulmonary function test?

Lung function tests: Pulmonary function tests is a term used to describe a group of tests done to determine lung function. Spirometry measures the amount of air that can be taken in as well as the flow rate of forcefully exhaled air . A graph is generated and can be used to determine lung function. Likewise lung volumes and diffusing capacity determine the capacity as well as the oxygen exchange function. ...Read more

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What is a pulmonary function test and what is the procedure for it?

Checks lung function: Pfts check numerous areas of lung capacity, flow rates, etc. And are useful in treating/diagnosing emphysema, copd, restrictive ariway diseases, asthma, and understanding lung capabilites prior to surgery. This would be common in smokers, elderly, or in patients with lung diseases like cystic fibrosis. Pfts are easy and done in a lab or pulmonary specialist's facility. ...Read more

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What information do I have to bring along to do the pulmonary function test?

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Basic: To do the test, no information is needed except height weight and smoking history. It would probably help the treating physician if he had an accurate medical history, specifically of lung and heart disease, exposures, current and past medications, and your insurance information. ...Read more

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What does the letter "F" from quality report on my pulmonary function test mean?

Some thoughts: It depends on the system used, but I would suggest repeating your testing and asking the pulmonary technician about the notations. ...Read more

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Why is the difference between volume flow and rate of flow in pulmonary function test?

PFTs...: In pulmonary function testing, volume flow refers to how much air is inhaled or exhaled whereas the rate of flow tests how fast the air is inhaled or exhaled. ...Read more

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What should I expect from a pulmonary function test? What happens during a pulmonary function test? Will i be awake for this and are there risks?

What should I expect from a pulmonary function test? What happens during a pulmonary function test? Will i be awake for this and are there risks?

PFT: You are entirely awake and are asked to breath deeply then exhale as quickly as possible through a tube. This is repeated until you get three exhalations that are about the same. There is no real risk to this. I suppose some patients can hyperventilate and get a bit dizzy. ...Read more

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What pulmonary function test used for copd?

What pulmonary function test used for copd?

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

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Spirometry (Definition)

A spirometry is a measurement of velocity (speed) of air coming in & out of the lungs which equals the diameter of the airways. This an indirect measument of the lung function diffeent patterns are posible & direct us as specialist to diagnosed ...Read more


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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more