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How does a breathing test help diagnose idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)?

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Your doctor may use a device called a spirometer to measure how well your lungs are working.

You take a deep breath in and then blow as hard as you can into a tube connected to the device. You'll wear a clip on your nose so you can only breathe in and out of your mouth.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library.

Lab Tests Online (American Association for Clinical Chemistry).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library.

Lab Tests Online (American Association for Clinical Chemistry).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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