What type of doctor can order a pulmonary function test?

All MDs/DOs. Virtually all mds/dos can order the test...But most often the test is ordered by primary care docs or pulmonologists or allergists. Other docs don't usually order this because they dont manage lung diseases.

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I want to get a pulmonary function test done where can I get one done and can anyone recommend me a good doctor in las vegas?

Primary care or pulm. Many family docs or internists can do pulmonary function tests. Almost all pulmonologists or critical care docs can do pulmonary function tests. Talk to your insurance company to find one in in your area. Read more...
Dr. Joel Katz. Allergists are specifically trained in performing and interpreting pulmonary function tests. Dr. Joel katz is a board certified allergist with expertise in asthma as well as allergies. Read more...
Pulmonary function . Most internal medicine physicians should have them in their offices. Myself or my partners would be happy to see you in summerlin. Read more...

Last year my pulmonary function test was normal but I still have SOB should I repeat it? My doc exam me with stethscop he said my airways are clear

Other causes.. Airway restriction is not always heard with a steth.. You may have asthma.. You indicate that you have GERD, and Hx of cardiac catheterization. Stomach acid from gerd can cause inflammation of the airways, and compromised cardiac function is always a concern. Sounds like you need a thorough exam and work up.. Read more...
Further work up. Since you are being treated for GERD, aspiration of stomach acid into the lungs causing intermittent bronchoconstriction is another possibility. If you are overweight, this may lead to a number of conditions which can present as shortness of breath. Read more...

What do pulmonary function tests show? My doctor is sending me for a pulmonary function test with arterial blood gases. What will this test tell him?

A . A pulmonary function test (often referred to as pfts) typically involves taking measurements of your lung capacity with a spirometer. This is a device which measures the volume of air in your lungs by asking you to take in as deep a breath as you can and then blow out as fast and as long as you can. From this simple maneuver, pulmonologists can accurately calculate you lung capacity and determine if there are any signs of disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). Sometimes, more detailed pfts are performed, which involves obtaining further measurements of lung volumes and the ability of the lungs to absorb gases. All of these tests require cooperation with instructions regarding deep breathing and breath holding and unless you provide your maximal effort with these breathing measurements, they will be inaccurate. Arterial blood gas testing is where a small sample of blood is usually obtained from the radial artery, which is the artery from which you can feel your pulse at the wrist. Analysis of this blood sample allows us to accurately assess the ability of your lungs to absorb oxygen as well as excrete carbon dioxide. It also provides information on the acidity of the blood and can indicate if increased blood acidity is due to pulmonary disease as well as accurately quantify its severity. Read more...
Tests. It will reflect your pulmonary condition, showing your lung capacity, respiratory effort and other parameters which will help with diagnoses and treatment. Blood gas will show your gases exchange, level of oxygen in your blood. Read more...

I don't know if I have asthma. My doctor said I do, but I never use ventolin unless I'm near a cat or allergen. The pulmonary function test confirmed.

Allergic asthma. There are multiple triggers for asthma including animal dander, smoke, cold air, exercise, pollen, etc. Asthma can also be intermittent or persistent. If the only trigger is cats and exposure is intermittent, then a person may only need to use a quick relief medication like ventolin with cat exposure. Read more...
Probably. If you had an abnormal methacholine challenge test - a special type of pulmonary function test - then you probably do have asthma. Sounds like you have a type that is called "extrinsic", meaning it is made worse by allergies. You may only need your ventolin when exposed to triggers you're allergic to. If you can't avoid them, or symptoms become more frequent, you may need additional meds. Read more...

How does what you eat affect your chest/ breathing. I can't tell which it is but something feels uncomfortable when I breathe in at times. I had an EKG & pulmonary function test done. The doctor said I was fine. Trying to think of other options.

?esophageal. The ekg and pulmonary function testing are reassuring. If symptoms occur when eating or swallowing and there is no coughing or wheezing, some degree of esophageal dysfunction may be present. A consultation with a gastroenterologist is worthwhile if you still have concerns. If coughing and wheezing occur, see a pulmonologist. Read more...
Check for GERD. I suggest an abdominal ultrasound and tests for GERD. You can empirically start OTC Prilosec, Nexium (esomeprazole) or Zegerid; however, you will need to be examined and evaluated for reflux, gastritis, and H. pylori disease. Please call your physician and also ask for an abdominal ultrasound. Read more...

What kind of doctors perform pulmonary function tests and exercise stress tests?

See below. Pfts are usually performed and interpreted by pulmonologists but any internal medicine trained doctor can interpret them. Stress tests are usually done by cardiologists but some internists do them as well. Read more...

My doctor said I need to have full pulmonary function tests. What can I expect?

45 Minutes. It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete full pulmonary function tests. The first part of the test will involve measurement of your spirometry (fev1 and fvc); you will be required to take large breaths of air and blow them out through a small tube attached to a machine. Next you will measure lung volumes and tlco (see my answer on tlco elsewhere in this section). The test is non invasive. Read more...
Blow. You have to blow into a mouthpiece following the instructions that the respiratory therapist will give you. Do not worry but give it your best effort. Read more...

Do primary care doctors have the ability to do pulmonary function tests in their office?

Yes. As long as they are trained and have the right equipment, they definitely can. Read more...
Expensive Testing. If they can afford and are trained on the right equipment. These tests are usually done at the pulmonary clinic due to the cost of maintaining and purchasing the appropriate equipment. I would be curious to know why you asked this question. Read more...