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Could you have early emphysema with a normal ("unremarkable")pulmonary function test?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Definition...

By definition, COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
If the pulmonary function tests do not show chronic obstruction, then COPD is not diagnosed. However, chronic obstruction can develop especially if the person continues to smoke. Asthma can be present with unremarkable pulmonary function test. Repeat the test in 6-12 months if COPD is still a concern. Good luck!

In brief: Definition...

By definition, COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
If the pulmonary function tests do not show chronic obstruction, then COPD is not diagnosed. However, chronic obstruction can develop especially if the person continues to smoke. Asthma can be present with unremarkable pulmonary function test. Repeat the test in 6-12 months if COPD is still a concern. Good luck!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology

In brief: Alpha 1 antitrypsin

I would suggest another pulmonary function test and also screening for alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency.

In brief: Alpha 1 antitrypsin

I would suggest another pulmonary function test and also screening for alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Yes

Occasionally COPD can be found on a ct scan even when pulmonary testing is normal - this is relatively uncommon.

In brief: Yes

Occasionally COPD can be found on a ct scan even when pulmonary testing is normal - this is relatively uncommon.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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