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What is involved in typical pulmonary function test?

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

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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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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What is a good dclo number on a pulmonary function test?

What is a good dclo number on a pulmonary function test?

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 asthma. ...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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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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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 does it mean that my CHG FEF2575=22% on my pulmonary function test?

Albuterol resp: The change in the value of the FEF 25 -75 of 22% may indicate an improvement with a bronchodilator, if you were given albuterol during the testing. If the 22% is the percent predicted value, then this indicates airflow obstruction in the smallest airways. ...Read more

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My daughter's pulmonary function test showed moderate obstruction, what does this mean?

My daughter's pulmonary function test showed moderate obstruction, what does this mean?

Airflow: This indicates that there is interruption of airflow in the air passages called bronchi and in the smaller airways.. The severity is typically described as mild, moderate or severe, depending on the findings. Many obstructions can be reversed with a bronchodilator called albuterol. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Respiratory (Definition)

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