How do you interpret a spirometry report?

How do you interpret a spirometry report?

Interpretations of spirometry results require comparison between an individual’s measured value and the reference value. If the FVC and the FEV1 are within 80% of the reference value, the results are considered normal. The normal value for the FEV1/FVC ratio is 70% (and 65% in persons older than age 65).

What do PFTs tell you?

Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders.

What are abnormal PFTs?

Abnormal results usually mean that you may have chest or lung disease. Some lung diseases (such as emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and infections) can make the lungs contain too much air and take longer to empty.

What are the examples of PFT?

Lung function tests, also known as pulmonary function tests, or PFTs, are a group of tests that check to see if your lungs are working right….They include:

  • Spirometry. the most common type of lung function test.
  • Lung volume test. also known as body plethysmography.
  • Gas diffusion test.
  • Exercise stress test.

What is a normal PFT result?

Normal Values of Pulmonary Function Tests

Pulmonary function test Normal value (95 percent confidence interval)
TLC 80% to 120%
FRC 75% to 120%
RV 75% to 120%
DLCO > 60% to < 120%

What is the difference between restrictive and obstructive lung disease?

Obstructive lung diseases include conditions that make it hard to exhale all the air in the lungs. People with restrictive lung disease have difficulty fully expanding their lungs with air. Obstructive and restrictive lung disease share the same main symptom: shortness of breath with exertion.

What are the three components of PFT?

There are three major components of PFT s—lung volumes, spirometry, and diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide ( DLCO ).