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11/13/2017 Offices closing on Friday 11/24

All offices will be closed on Friday, 11/24/2017, the day after Thanksgiving. All offices will open for normal hours on Monday, 11/27/2017.


11/13/2017 Bel Air office closing early 11/22/2017

The Bel Air Office will be open from 8-4 on Wednesday, 11/22/2017 and will remain closed until the following Monday, 11/27/2017.


11/13/2017 Greenbelt Office Closed 11/22/2017

The Greenbelt office will be closed on Wednesday, 11/22/2017 and will reopen for normal hours on Monday, 11/27/2018.


11/13/2017 DC office Closing early 11/22/2017

Our DC/Foggy Bottom office will be closing at 2pm on 11/22/2017. We will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, 11/27/2017.


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Lung Function Testing

Lung function testing also called pulmonary function testing (PFT) is a group of tests that are performed to see how well your lungs work and function. The test measures how much air you take in (inhale), how much air you blow out (exhale), how well your lungs deliver oxygen and the strength of your breathing muscles.

The lung function test can diagnose various lung diseases including asthma, COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. The test may also be used to determine how well treatments and medicines are working to treat lung diseases. Doctors suggest the test when the patient is having symptoms of lung and breathing problems.

Why is this Test Needed?

The lung function test may be ordered to diagnose the following lung and breathing conditions:

  • asthma
  • allergies
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • lung fibrosis
  • respiratory infections
  • chronic bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • lung cancer/tumor
  • How to Prepare

    Before the procedure, your doctor may ask you to stop taking your medications including asthma medications and over the counter pain medications. Avoid food and drinks that have caffeine such as coffee, tea and chocolate. Do not smoke before the test.

    During the Procedure

    A lung function test usually starts with a spirometry, a test to measure the air you inhale and exhale. This test involves a machine that you breath into through a mouthpiece. The doctor may ask you to breathe normally or to breathe deeply or rapidly for several seconds. Sometimes medication is given to see how well your breathing improves after your airways are opened up.

    Next, you may partake in a plethysmography test, a test that measures the volume of gas in your lungs. The doctor will then share your results with you and send you home.

    What are the Risks?

    Lung function testing is normally a safe procedure. However, the following complications can occur:

  • lightheadedness during the testing
  • fainting
  • asthma attack
  • collapsed lung
  • If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions about lung function testing, call 1-800-778-9923 or visit the Allergy & Asthma Center location near you.

     
     

     

     












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