4 doctors weighed in:

Can a peak flow meter show if I have interstitial lung disease?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bachar Al-Alami
ADHD & Autism
1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES

The peak expiratory flow rate (pefr, also known as a peak flow) is the maximal rate that a person can exhale during a short maximal expiratory effort after a full inspiration.
In patients with asthma, the pefr percent predicted correlates reasonably well with the percent predicted value for the forced expiratory volume in one second (fev1). Monitoring the pefr is useful for detecting changes or.

In brief: YES

The peak expiratory flow rate (pefr, also known as a peak flow) is the maximal rate that a person can exhale during a short maximal expiratory effort after a full inspiration.
In patients with asthma, the pefr percent predicted correlates reasonably well with the percent predicted value for the forced expiratory volume in one second (fev1). Monitoring the pefr is useful for detecting changes or.
Dr. Bachar Al-Alami
Dr. Bachar Al-Alami
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
I respectfully disagree with Dr Al-alami. The peak flow meter won't help to diagnosed interstitial lung disease. The device is used mainly to follow up asthmatic patient and check severity of the attack.
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
Anesthesiology

In brief: PFM

Use to measure severity of asthma attack/ reactive airway disease/obstructive airway disease.
Do not help in restrictive lung disease and conditions like interstitial lung disease.

In brief: PFM

Use to measure severity of asthma attack/ reactive airway disease/obstructive airway disease.
Do not help in restrictive lung disease and conditions like interstitial lung disease.
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
Thank
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not exactly

That is just one of several ways to test for it.

In brief: Not exactly

That is just one of several ways to test for it.
Dr. Olivia Liao
Dr. Olivia Liao
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
24 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors