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Respiratory function tests 

Respiratory function tests

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Respiratory function tests
Author(s):

G.J. Gibson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.180301_update_001

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Chapter reviewed by author in December 2012—minor alterations made.

Updated on 30 May 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 20 July 2017

Respiratory function tests are used in diagnosis, assessment and prognosis and in monitoring the effects of treatment of various respiratory conditions. Their use as a diagnostic tool is in recognizing patterns of abnormality which characterize particular types of disease; more often they are used to quantify the severity of functional disturbance or to locate the likely anatomical site(s) of disease (airways, alveoli, or chest wall)....

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