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What’s a lung function test, and how can it help me if I have asthma?

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Lung function tests are a way to check how well your lungs are working. Doctors use them to diagnose asthma and see how well it’s being controlled. This is helpful, because you may not always be able to tell -- just from your symptoms -- whether or not your asthma is under control.

From: Asthma and Lung Function Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "What to expect at the doctor's office."  American Lung Association: "Spirometry and Other Lung Function Tests Fact Sheet."  American Medical Association: .  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Peak Flow Meters." Grayson, M. 2005 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: "Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma -- 2002."  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Asthma: How is Asthma Diagnosed?"  MedlinePlus: "Pulmonary Function Tests."  National Lung Health Education Program: "Spirometry."







Essential Guide to AsthmaACP Medicine, .

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "What to expect at the doctor's office."  American Lung Association: "Spirometry and Other Lung Function Tests Fact Sheet."  American Medical Association: .  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Peak Flow Meters." Grayson, M. 2005 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: "Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma -- 2002."  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Asthma: How is Asthma Diagnosed?"  MedlinePlus: "Pulmonary Function Tests."  National Lung Health Education Program: "Spirometry."







Essential Guide to AsthmaACP Medicine, .

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

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