Routine Lung Function Tests

Published: December 2021
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  • Key Points 
  • Interpretation 
    • Determination of a Bronchodilator Response
    • Calculation of a Conditional Change Score in Children
    • Calculation of FEV1Q in adults 
  • Figures
    • Normal Distribution With Z-scores and Percentiles Displayed
    • FEV1/FVC Predicted and Limits of Normal Compared With the Fixed Cut-off of 0.7
    • Comparison of the ATS/ERS 2005 Recommendations to ATS/ERS 2022 Recommendations
    • Examples of Typical Flow-Volume Loop Configurations
  • Algorithms 
    • Approach to Interpretation of Spirometry
    • Approach to Interpretation of DLCO
    • Approach to Interpretation of Lung Volumes 
  • Tables 
    • Functional Classification of Common Impairments Assessed by Conventional PFTs and Their Pathophysiological Determinants
    • Summary of Types of Spirometrically Defined and Lung Volume Defined Ventilatory Impairments
    • Lung Function Indices Capable of Differentiating Extrathoracic from Intrathoracic Obstruction in Adults
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The roots of the American Thoracic Society reach back to 1905, when a small group of physicians decided that the best way to improve care for tuberculosis patients was to share their experiences and discoveries. Today, the ATS has grown into an international society with more than 15,000 members. In this introductory section, you will find information about the people and programs that make the ATS the world's leading medical association dedicated to advancing our clinical and scientific understanding of pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders.

The European Respiratory Society, or ERS, is a non-profit organization with offices in Lausanne, Brussels and Sheffield.

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This pocket guide attempts to define principles of practice that should produce high-quality patient care. It is applicable to specialists, primary care, and providers at all levels. This pocket guide should not be considered exclusive of other methods of care reasonably directed at obtaining the same results. The ultimate judgment concerning the propriety of any course of conduct must be made by the clinician after consideration of each individual patient situation. Neither IGC, the medical associations, nor the authors endorse any product or service associated with the distributor of this clinical reference tool.

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