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Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary Function Testing (Spirometry)2021-03-31T20:24:58+00:00

A series of tests that measure how well your lungs are working.

Pulmonary function tests, also called lung function tests, are a series of tests that measure how well your lungs are working. Pulmonary function tests are useful for diagnosing certain types of lung diseases, such as Asthma, COPD etc.

Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive diagnostic tests that provide measurable feedback about the function of the lungs in both adult and pediatric patients. In fact, spirometry is recommended in the current asthma guidelines as standard of care.. By assessing lung volumes, capacities, rates of flow, and gas exchange, PFTs provide information that, when evaluated by your doctor, can help diagnosis certain lung disorders.

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PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING

Spirometry is a test which measures exactly how much the bronchial tubes have narrowed. The spirometer measures the speed your lungs can be filled and emptied of air, giving an indication of how well your lungs are performing. Further spirometry tests later on can help decide whether treatments should be continued, changed, or are no longer needed.

Having a spirometry test is straightforward. It may occasionally be tiring and make you feel a bit puffed, but usually it is not uncomfortable. It is sometimes carried out before and after inhaling a nebulized drug to measure the effect of these drugs.

Types of Pulmonary Function Tests

There are several types of pulmonary function tests that your doctor may order, including:

  • Spirometry

  • Lung volume

  • Diffusing capacity

  • Exercise testing

One of the most common lung tests, and one of the simplest, is called a spirometry test. This test assesses your breathing capacity by measuring the maximum air volume that your lungs are capable of holding. A spirometry test also measures how quickly and efficiently you can force air out of your lungs. This test may be used alone or in conjunction with other pulmonary function tests.

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Preparing for a Lung Function Test

To get optimal results from a lung function test, there are several measures you can take beforehand to prepare for your test. For starters, continue taking your medications unless directed otherwise. Avoid smoking or using an inhaler for at least six hours before the test. Follow other instructions that your doctor provides to make your spirometry test results as accurate as possible.

Testing for Asthma

If you experience shortness of breath, your doctor may order an exercise test alone or in addition to a spirometry assessment. An exercise test is useful for determining what is causing your shortness of breath. If a doctor suspects you have asthma, he or she may order additional tests for asthma as well, especially if your spirometry tests otherwise come back normal.

If you’re suffering from an allergy or asthma, don’t wait to get your symptoms under control. Contact a skilled Las Vegas allergy doctor by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Tottori online or calling (702) 240 4233 today.

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