Spirometry Test

A spirometry test is done to diagnose the functioning of the lungs. It works by measuring the airflow inhaled in and exhaled outside the lungs. It is performed by making the patient sit and breathe in a small machine called a spirometer. It is used to diagnose COPD (chronic pulmonary disease), asthma, and other conditions affecting the lungs. A spirometry test measures two important factors, such as expiratory forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1).

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Why do I experience weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, eye pain, and tremors?

Query: Hello doctor, It started with loose motions 15 days ago and slight fever for few minutes, followed by severe sweating. Loose motions were controlled with some medications. After five days, suddenly I had whole-body flushing where the whole body felt hot from inside. It started from the head, cheeks,...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. All complaints except allergic rhinitis appear to be related to anxiety and depression. Just relax, you are normal as far as your body is concerned. You can continue your depression medications. I suggest taking Fluticasone nasal spray, one spray in each nostril 12 hou...  Read Full »

I have a high Hb value; can I donate blood?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 34 years old. I went to donate blood today. But, the hospital rejected me as my Hb value is 16.9. Is this level abnormally high? Do I need to get any tests done?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, your hemoglobin value is high and needs to be investigated. Let me know if your hematocrit values were checked. If it is high as well, the condition is polycythemia. The cause for polycythemia may be secondary to chronic hypoxia due to a chronic heart failure...  Read Full »

What do hyperinflated lungs in x-ray indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, My x-ray showed hyperinflation, spirometry 41%. CT scans do not mention emphysema (possible middle lung syndrome). I do not get a specialist appointment for a month. I want to review existing radiology and spirometry results to advise if emphysema is more likely chronic bronchitis, as...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from asthma and middle lobe atelectasis. Atelectasis is the partial or complete collapse of the entire lungs or a particular area or lobe of the lungs. It occurs when the alveoli or air...  Read Full »

If I stop smoking, can I live long?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a CT scan of the head, neck, and chest. My doctor told me that I have chronic sinus. I already knew these things and had sinus surgery. But, in the report, it was mentioned as mild emphysema. Can that get fixed if I stop smoking? I have been using Advair for years for asthma. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emphysema is a non-reversible change in the lungs. But, yes, the further progression can be controlled by stopping smoking. Now, to know the extent of damage, I would advise you to go for a pulmonary function test (spirometry) that would help you to know the level of da...  Read Full »

Kindly review my report and help me know the reason for my breathing difficulty.

Query: Hello doctor, I had breathing difficulty two years ago. I consulted a doctor, and after a spirometry test, he said that everything was normal. However, it is not fully recovered. So, I took a CT two days ago. I have attached my CT scan report. Kindly review my report and help me know the details of...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from respiratory problems. Your recent chest HRCT (high-resolution computed tomography) has suggested multiple lung bullae due to chronic obstructive pulmon...  Read Full »

Does low FEV in spirometry indicate COPD in a non-smoker?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 32-year-old male and not a smoker. Recently I had trouble breathing and felt mucus stuck in my throat that I constantly had to clear up. My breathing problems come and go. Usually, it lasts for days then goes away. They do not get worse with exercise. The symptoms started at the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have suffered from breathing difficulties and feeling mucus stuck in the throat. If your FEV 1 (forced expiratory volume) values are lower than average (average predicted values are more than 80%), suggest...  Read Full »

Why do I get runny nose so often?

Query: Hi doctor, I have got cold because of the temperature changes at work. When it is so hot, we have all the fans and air conditioners on. And it is the third time already in four months. It starts with a runny nose for two days, and then I start coughing. Last time I had a temperature of 37.2. And I...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing your query to me. As you said you get frequent attacks of runny nose and now coughing suggest an allergic cause. So it can be asthma and allergic rhinitis due to dust allergy. Getting blood in sputum is common in allergic bronchitis. Spirometry test ...  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 »

Am I experiencing breathlessness due to a deviated nasal septum?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I have been experiencing breathlessness. It happens mostly when I am idle or lying down. I feel no discomfort while running. But, I feel like I am short of breathe when I sit idle. I am a 23 year old male. I am reasonably fit. I do not smoke, although I drink occasionally and mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your history, you experience breathlessness while being idle and not during exercise suggests an airway problem. Supportive to this, you also suffer from a deviated nasal septum, which may cause nasal obstruction and that may sometimes cause breathlessness. Pat...  Read Full »

I feel sudden chest discomfort and breathlessness. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a girl of 20. My height is 167 cm and weight is 75 kg. Over the past one week, I am having high discomfort and pain in my right chest when I breathe. The pain radiates to the right shoulder and right arm too. When I sneeze or blow my nose up, the pain is severe. I cannot explain this...  Read Full »


Dr. Kartik Sood

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have a history of frequent chest infections in the past, which were associated with wheezing, secretions and fever as well, I would suggest you to consult a pulmonologist or a chest physician in person. Your symptom of chest pain, which increases on deep respiratio...  Read Full »

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