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Lung Function Tests: How to Interpret

Lung function tests, also known as pulmonary function tests, can help diagnose and monitor lung conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung fibrosis. The most common lung function tests include spirometry, which measures lung capacity and flow, and diffusing capacity, which measures the ability of the lungs to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. They  are usually interpreted in conjunction with other clinical information, such as symptoms, medical history, and a physical examination. A decrease in any of these values, or a decrease in the ratio of FEV1 to FVC, can indicate a lung condition such as COPD or asthma.  

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Lung function tests, also known as pulmonary function tests, can help diagnose and monitor lung conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung fibrosis. The most common lung function tests include spirometry, which measures lung capacity and flow, and diffusing capacity, which measures the ability of the lungs to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. They  are usually interpreted in conjunction with other clinical information, such as symptoms, medical history, and a physical examination. A decrease in any of these values, or a decrease in the ratio of FEV1 to FVC, can indicate a lung condition such as COPD or asthma.