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Med Clin North Am. 2012 Jul;96(4):745-52. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2012.04.011. Epub 2012 May 31.

The importance of the assessment of pulmonary function in COPD.

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Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Division, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-5910, USA. kbailey@unmc.edu

Abstract

Spirometry is the gold standard for making the diagnosis of COPD. It should be performed in every case of suspected COPD. Other pulmonary functions, such as lung volumes, can give insight into physiologic consequences of COPD, such as hyperinflation. Pulmonary function testing can also aid in assessing the severity of disease and in managing the disease after diagnosis is made.

PMID:
22793942
PMCID:
PMC3998207
DOI:
10.1016/j.mcna.2012.04.011
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