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What are the most common pulmonary function tests for asthma?

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The two most common pulmonary function tests for asthma are:

  • Spirometry: This pulmonary function test for asthma is a simple breathing test that measures how much air you can blow out of your lungs and how quickly.
  • Methacholine challenge test: During this test, you inhale increasing amounts of methacholine aerosol mist before and after spirometry. The methacholine test shows asthma is present if your lung function drops by at least 20%.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "So You Have Asthma."

National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute: "What is Asthma?"

American Lung Association: “Spirometry.”

National Jewish Health: “Spirometry Testing.”

National Asthma Council Australia: “Asthma & Lung Function Tests.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “FeNO Tests to Monitor FeNO Levels,” “Peak Flow Meters.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Provocation (Trigger) Tests,” “What Is a FeNO Test?”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "So You Have Asthma."

National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute: "What is Asthma?"

American Lung Association: “Spirometry.”

National Jewish Health: “Spirometry Testing.”

National Asthma Council Australia: “Asthma & Lung Function Tests.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “FeNO Tests to Monitor FeNO Levels,” “Peak Flow Meters.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Provocation (Trigger) Tests,” “What Is a FeNO Test?”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 18, 2019

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