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How is COPD diagnosed?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
6 doctors agree

In brief: PFT

A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd.
X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important.

In brief: PFT

A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd.
X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Diagnosis...

COPD is diagnosed by a doctor's clinical evaluation in conjunction with pulmonary function testing and arterial blood gas analysis.
Lab work may also be needed.

In brief: Diagnosis...

COPD is diagnosed by a doctor's clinical evaluation in conjunction with pulmonary function testing and arterial blood gas analysis.
Lab work may also be needed.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Mario Mangas
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Copd

Diagnosed by history, physical exam, chest X-ray and pulmonary function tests.

In brief: Copd

Diagnosed by history, physical exam, chest X-ray and pulmonary function tests.
Dr. Mario Mangas
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: PFTs...

COPD is diagnosed by showing non-reversible airway obstruction on pulmonary function testing.
This test can be ordered by your family doctor and it is interpreted by a lung specialist. If you are a smoker, you need to quit asap to decrease your changes of having copd.

In brief: PFTs...

COPD is diagnosed by showing non-reversible airway obstruction on pulmonary function testing.
This test can be ordered by your family doctor and it is interpreted by a lung specialist. If you are a smoker, you need to quit asap to decrease your changes of having copd.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Wojciech Skrzypiec
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Exam

Is based on your signs, symptoms, smoking history, certain genetic disorder testing, radiological evaluation and pulmonary function testing.
Not all modalities are necessary.

In brief: Exam

Is based on your signs, symptoms, smoking history, certain genetic disorder testing, radiological evaluation and pulmonary function testing.
Not all modalities are necessary.
Dr. Wojciech Skrzypiec
Dr. Wojciech Skrzypiec
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: PFTs

COPD is an anatomical and functional disease mainly affecting smokers.
Shortness of breath and chronic productive cough are symptoms of such. A chest X-ray can show the anatomical destruction and pulmonary function tests can reveal the functional correlate.

In brief: PFTs

COPD is an anatomical and functional disease mainly affecting smokers.
Shortness of breath and chronic productive cough are symptoms of such. A chest X-ray can show the anatomical destruction and pulmonary function tests can reveal the functional correlate.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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