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Evaluating and monitoring the adolescent with pulmonary function testing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11060549     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article reviews pulmonary function tests (quantitative measurements of physiologic functioning of lungs, chest wall, and respiratory muscles) as valuable tools for the diagnosis and management of chronic respiratory disease in adolescents. Advances in technology have made pulmonary function testing more available and, for some tests, easier to perform. Pulmonary function evaluation is used for diagnosis of pulmonary disease. Testing will identify abnormal physiologic processes that result in obstructive or restrictive pulmonary disease and, together with a complete history, physical examination, and other tests, help to determine the specific etiology. Pulmonary function measurement may be used to manage a patientís disease over time. Quantitative evaluation of the response to many specific therapies, such as asthma medications and environmental control, can only be achieved by measuring pulmonary function. Monitoring pulmonary toxicity of medications, such as chemotherapeutic agents, is also done by measuring pulmonary function. In many patients with chronic pulmonary disease, such as cystic fibrosis, the pulmonary function laboratory can be used to assess the patient's physiologic limitation.
J H Marks
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Adolescent medicine (Philadelphia, Pa.)     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1041-3499     ISO Abbreviation:  Adolesc Med     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-27     Completed Date:  2001-03-08     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9006270     Medline TA:  Adolesc Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  483-500     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatric Pulmonology, Michigan State University, Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Health Services
Chronic Disease
Lung / physiology*
Respiratory Function Tests / standards*
Respiratory Tract Diseases / diagnosis*

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