Pulmonary Function Tests

Pulmonary function tests, also called PFTs, are tests performed to measure your lungs' capacity and to know how well they work. It measures how well a person is able to breathe and how effective the lungs are in delivering oxygen to the rest of the body. This test is indicated when a person is suffering from symptoms of lung problems.

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Could there be a specific reason for sudden hypertension and resurfacing childhood asthma in an older adult?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 64 years old, completely fit, 5 feet 2 and 118 lbs. I have a steps tracker. So, I know my resting heart rate is 67 on average. I walk an average of 18,000 steps a day, may be more. I golf four times a week and usually walk. But, I did have asthma as a child, and it seems to have r...  Read Full »


Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have not put forward any specific query about your health issue. What I have understood is that your average pulse rate is around 67 per minute. Your BP usually varies from 110/70 to 120/80. But off late it is higher. It may be due to a stress related to the resurf...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my breathlessness while climbing the stairs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a problem of breathlessness when I climb stairs. I got an angiography done two years back. The concerned cardiologist said there is no problem except for a sluggish blood flow. He recommended Ecosprin for two months. But the problem persists.  Read Full »


Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For your breathlessness when climbing the stairs, I suggest you do a PFT (pulmonary function test) to evaluate the lung function as sometimes this type of problem may be due to a lung problem. For further queries consult a cardiologist online --> https://icliniq.co...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for forced breathing and persistent cold and cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had issues with a somewhat forced breathing and a cold or a cough that is not clearing up from the last two to three months. The doctor sent me for a pulmonary test, the results of which I have attached. What do they mean? I have also attached my latest blood reports. Can yo...  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through both the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your lung function tests detected a decreased diffusing capacity which can be due to either a vascular disease that decreases the blood supply to a portion of the lung or parenchyma...  Read Full »

What are the typical symptoms of asthma?

Query: Hello doctor, A  couple of months ago, I started feeling tightness in chest, shortness of breath, and overall fatigue. I went to a walk-in clinic, they did an EKG, and everything was fine. They asked me to follow-up with a physician. The nurse conducted a complete blood test and a chest x-ray, and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. My impression about your illness is gastritis and reflux disease, which is leading to reflux of acid into the lungs causing bronchoconstriction. This bronchoconstriction leads to shortness of breath and asthma-like pattern on the pulmonary function test (PFT). The pro...  Read Full »

What does an elevated IgE indicate?

Query: Hi doctor,My sister had bad coughing for the last few months. Last month she went to a pulmonologist, and he prescribed some medicines, which are working, but he also asked for a chest CT scan. We got the CT scan done, and I would need advice based on the report.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your sister has been suffering from a cough for the last few months. She has recently done CT (computed tomography) chest, and the report of CT chest (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) ...  Read Full »

What causes shortness of breath while lying down?

Query: Hello doctor. My close friend is a 21-year-old male. He is an occasional smoker (and does not exercise much). For some time, he has been experiencing shortness of breath while lying down. This does not occur every single day or every time he lays down, but sometimes. Very rarely (I think only once)...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your question. I can understand your concern. I have gone through the detailed history you have given. In my opinion, he should undergo few reports like chest X-ray, ECG, and 2D echo to rule out heart and lung diseases. Better to quit smoking as early as po...  Read Full »

What does fair lung volume mean in PFT?

Query: Hi doctor, Here are the details of my chest issues that I was hoping you could help me with. I will attach all the information I have in terms of x-rays and function tests. I am 37 year old otherwise healthy female with normal BMI. I have a smoking history of 16 packs a year. Four years ago, I quit...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your initial x-ray itself was showing some signs of hyperinflation and the subsequent x-rays shows increased hyperinflation. So, it is not a new finding, but worsening of the initial finding (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Unless some intervention is don...  Read Full »

I have a respiratory problem. Is it wise to plan gallbladder operation?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother was diagnosed to have acute cholecystitis. She is 65 years old and is suffering from respiratory and heart problem. One mild stroke also happened around two years back. She had recently failed pulmonary function test. Will it be wise to plan gallbladder operation? Please reply.  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is wise to carry out gallbladder surgery if she is diagnosed with acute cholecystitis. The only problem with surgery is whether the patient is fit for anesthesia or not. Since your mother is failing pulmonary function tests you should find the cause of her respira...  Read Full »

Why do I get breathing problems and wheezing even after medication?

Query: Hello doctor, I have shallow and fast breathing, usually bubbling and wheezing at bedtime along with nasal congestion and post nasal drip. My mucus is low and clear with a little cough. I have these symptoms for the past three months. I used Mucinex nasal spray, salt water spray, and Benadryl. I am ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. By your history and description, the possibility of bronchitis is more likely. It is commonly seen with smokers. It is the inflammation of airways. This inflammation causes bronchospasm which inturn causes wheezing, breathlessness, mucus p...  Read Full »

Is there any new treatment available for bronchiectasis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 47-year-old male. I am a known case of bronchiectasis since childhood. Is there any new treatment? Or new interventions for the best quality of life?  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Yes, a new pulmonary antioxidant is available. May I know his current medications? Is PFT (pulmonary function test) report done or not?  Read Full »

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