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How is asthmatic bronchitis diagnosed?

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After going through a series of questions about your symptoms and taking a medical history and physical exam, your doctor may order tests such as:

  • Spirometry. A test that measures lung function as you breathe in and out of a mouthpiece that is attached to a device called a spirometer.
  • Peak expiratory flow. A test that measures the force of air you breathe out (exhale) into the mouthpiece of a device called a peak expiratory flow meter.
  • Chest X-ray. A radiology test that produces images of the chest to look for evidence of other conditions that could be causing your cough and breathing problems.

From: Asthmatic Bronchitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Gupta, V. , 2003. JK-Practitioner

American International Health Alliance: "Bronchial Asthma: Clinical Practice Guideline for General Practitioners."

Link, N. and Tanner, M., eds, , BMJ Books, 2001. The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine

Kliegman, R.M.; Behrman, R.E.; Jenson, H.B.; Stanton, B.F.; eds., , Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy and Asthma Drug Guide."

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

SOURCES:

Gupta, V. , 2003. JK-Practitioner

American International Health Alliance: "Bronchial Asthma: Clinical Practice Guideline for General Practitioners."

Link, N. and Tanner, M., eds, , BMJ Books, 2001. The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine

Kliegman, R.M.; Behrman, R.E.; Jenson, H.B.; Stanton, B.F.; eds., , Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy and Asthma Drug Guide."

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

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