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It's hard to know if my breathing problems are being caused by asthma or emphysema. How can we tell?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
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In brief: Pft's

Pulmonary function tests with carbon monoxide diffusion co-efficients will help to distinguish the two.

In brief: Pft's

Pulmonary function tests with carbon monoxide diffusion co-efficients will help to distinguish the two.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pft's

Pulmonary function tests with carbon monoxide diffusion co-efficients will help to distinguish the two.

In brief: Pft's

Pulmonary function tests with carbon monoxide diffusion co-efficients will help to distinguish the two.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pft's

Pulmonary function tests with carbon monoxide diffusion co-efficients will help to distinguish the two.

In brief: Pft's

Pulmonary function tests with carbon monoxide diffusion co-efficients will help to distinguish the two.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: PFTs

Pulmonary function tests (pfts) can diagnose asthma and copd.
Asthma has reversible obstruction whereas COPD has chronic obstruction. If your pfts show no obstruction when you are not having an exacerbation, the diagnosis is most likely asthma. If obstruction is still present and does not completely reverse with bronchodilator, the diagnosis is likely COPD (chronic obstructed pulmonary disease).

In brief: PFTs

Pulmonary function tests (pfts) can diagnose asthma and copd.
Asthma has reversible obstruction whereas COPD has chronic obstruction. If your pfts show no obstruction when you are not having an exacerbation, the diagnosis is most likely asthma. If obstruction is still present and does not completely reverse with bronchodilator, the diagnosis is likely COPD (chronic obstructed pulmonary disease).
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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