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Learn about our expanded patient care options for your health care needs. Pulmonary function tests PFTs are noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders.

This is when air has trouble flowing out of the lungs due to airway resistance. This causes a decreased flow of air. This creates problems with air flow, mostly due to lower lung volumes.

PFT can be done with 2 methods. These 2 methods may be used together and perform different tests, depending on the information that your healthcare provider is looking for:. A spirometer is a device with a mouthpiece hooked up to a small electronic machine. You sit or stand inside an air-tight box that looks like a short, square telephone booth to do the tests.

Tidal volume VT. This is the amount of air inhaled or exhaled during normal breathing. Minute volume MV. This is the total amount of air exhaled per minute. Vital capacity VC. This is the total volume of air that can be exhaled after inhaling as much as you can. Functional residual capacity FRC. This is the amount of air left in lungs after exhaling normally. Residual volume. This is the amount of air left in the lungs after exhaling as much as you can. Total lung capacity. This is the total volume of the lungs when filled with as much air as possible.

Forced vital capacity FVC. This is the amount of air exhaled forcefully and quickly after inhaling as much as you can. Forced expiratory volume FEV.

This is the amount of air expired during the first, second, and third seconds of the FVC test. Forced expiratory flow FEF. This is the average rate of flow during the middle half of the FVC test. Peak expiratory flow rate PEFR. This is the fastest rate that you can force air out of your lungs. Normal values for PFTs vary from person to person. The amount of air inhaled and exhaled in your test results are compared to the average for someone of the same age, height, sex, and race.

Results are also compared to any of your previous test results. If you have abnormal PFT measurements or if your results have changed, you may need other tests. There are many different reasons why pulmonary function tests PFTs may be done.

They are sometimes done in healthy people as part of a routine physical. They are also routinely done in certain types of work environments to ensure employee health such as graphite factories and coal mines. Or you may have PFTs if your healthcare provider needs help to diagnose you with a health problem such as:. Chronic lung conditions, such as asthma, bronchiectasis, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis.

Restrictive airway problems from scoliosis, tumors, or inflammation or scarring of the lungs. Sarcoidosis, a disease that causes lumps of inflammatory cells around organs, such as the liver, lungs, and spleen. PFTs may be used to check lung function before surgery or other procedures in patients who have lung or heart problems, who are smokers, or who have other health conditions.

Another use of PFTs is to assess treatment for asthma, emphysema, and other chronic lung problems. Your healthcare provider may also have other reasons to advise PFTs.

Because pulmonary function testing is not an invasive procedure, it is safe and quick for most people. But the person must be able to follow clear, simple directions.

Your risks may vary depending on your general health and other factors. Ask your healthcare provider which risks apply most to you. Talk with him or her about any concerns you have. Your healthcare provider will explain the procedure to you.

Ask him or her any questions you have. You may be asked to sign a consent form that gives permission to do the procedure. Read the form carefully. Ask questions if anything is not clear. Tell your healthcare provider if you take any medicines.

This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Stop taking certain medicines before the procedure, if instructed by your healthcare provider.

Stop smoking before the test, if instructed by your healthcare provider. Ask your provider how many hours before the test you should stop smoking. Your height and weight will be recorded before the test. This is done so that your results can be accurately calculated. You may have your procedure as an outpatient. This means you go home the same day.

Or it may be done as part of a longer stay in the hospital. The way the procedure is done may vary. It depends on your condition and your healthcare provider's methods. In most cases, the procedure will follow this process:. A soft clip will be put on your nose. This is so all of your breathing is done through your mouth, not your nose. You will be watched carefully during the procedure for dizziness, trouble breathing, or other problems.

You may be given a bronchodilator after certain tests. The tests will then be repeated several minutes later, after the bronchodilator has taken effect.

If you have a history of lung or breathing problems, you may be tired after the tests. You will be given a chance to rest afterwards. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about your test results. Skip Navigation. Health Home Treatments, Tests and Therapies.

There are 2 types of disorders that cause problems with air moving in and out of the lungs: Obstructive. These 2 methods may be used together and perform different tests, depending on the information that your healthcare provider is looking for: Spirometry. Why might I need pulmonary function tests?

Or you may have PFTs if your healthcare provider needs help to diagnose you with a health problem such as: Allergies Respiratory infections Trouble breathing from injury to the chest or a recent surgery Chronic lung conditions, such as asthma, bronchiectasis, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis Asbestosis, a lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers Restrictive airway problems from scoliosis, tumors, or inflammation or scarring of the lungs Sarcoidosis, a disease that causes lumps of inflammatory cells around organs, such as the liver, lungs, and spleen Scleroderma, a disease that causes thickening and hardening of connective tissue PFTs may be used to check lung function before surgery or other procedures in patients who have lung or heart problems, who are smokers, or who have other health conditions.

What are the risks of pulmonary function tests? All procedures have some risks. Reasons for this can include: Recent eye surgery, because of increased pressure inside the eyes during the procedure Recent belly or chest surgery Chest pain, recent heart attack, or an unstable heart condition A bulging blood vessel aneurysm in the chest, belly, or brain Active tuberculosis TB or respiratory infection, such as a cold or the flu Your risks may vary depending on your general health and other factors.

Certain things can make PFTs less accurate. Make sure to: Stop taking certain medicines before the procedure, if instructed by your healthcare provider Stop smoking before the test, if instructed by your healthcare provider.

Not eat a heavy meal before the test, if instructed by your healthcare provider Follow any other instructions your healthcare provider gives you Your height and weight will be recorded before the test. What happens during pulmonary function tests? If you wear dentures, you will need to wear them during the procedure. What happens after pulmonary function tests? Related Topics Pulmonary.

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Pulmonary function tests are valuable investigations in the management of patients with suspected or previously diagnosed respiratory disease. They aid diagnosis, help monitor response to treatment and can guide decisions regarding further treatment and intervention. The interpretation of pulmonary functions tests requires knowledge of respiratory physiology. In this review we describe investigations routinely used and discuss their clinical implications. Pulmonary function tests PFTS are an important tool in the investigation and monitoring of patients with respiratory pathology.

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Learn about our expanded patient care options for your health care needs. Pulmonary function tests PFTs are noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders. This is when air has trouble flowing out of the lungs due to airway resistance. This causes a decreased flow of air.

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