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What is a Pulmonary Function Test?
Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) are a broad range of tests used to measure how well your lungs inhale and exhale air. They help determine the presence of lung abnormalities, progression of lung disease, and a course of therapy and treatment. Pulmonary function testing includes simple spirometry, complete spirometry testing, pre- and post-bronchodilator studies, lung volumes, diffusion studies, airway resistance, and airway compliance.
How Will These Tests Help Me?
They will help your doctor diagnose lung problems (such as asthma and emphysema). They will also help your doctor plan your treatment and evaluate the effectiveness of your current medications.
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