Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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Lung Function

  • Akihisa MitaniEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_1238-2

Synonyms

Definition

Lung function is measured by various tests such as pulmonary function test (PFT) and arterial blood gases (ABG) analysis. These tests can evaluate symptoms and signs of lung disease and may help confirm lung diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).

Description

Lung function is measured by various tests, including the pulmonary function test (PFT), arterial blood gases (ABG) analysis, and oxygen desaturation during exercise. These tests can evaluate symptoms and signs of lung disease, reveal the cause of breath shortness, and may help confirm lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). They are also useful for monitoring the progression of lung disease or evaluating the risk of surgery in the preoperative patients (ATS Committee on Proficiency Standards for Clinical Pulmonary Function Laboratories 2002; American Thoracic Society 1995; Crapo 1994; Hughes and Pride 1999; Hyatt et al. 1997)....

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References and Further Reading

  1. American Thoracic Society. (1995). Standardization of spirometry - 1994 update. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 152, 1107.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. ATS Committee on Proficiency Standards for Clinical Pulmonary Function Laboratories. (2002). ATS statement: Guidelines for the six-minute walk test. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 166, 111.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Crapo, R. O. (1994). Pulmonary-function testing. The New England Journal of Medicine, 331, 25.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Hughes, J. M. B., & Pride, N. B. (1999). Lung function tests: Physiological principles and clinical applications. London: WB Saunders.Google Scholar
  5. Hyatt, R. E., Scanlon, P. D., & Nakamura, M. (1997). Interpretation of pulmonary function tests. A practical guide. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Respiratory MedicineThe University of Tokyo HospitalTokyoJapan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi
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  1. 1.The University of TokyoDepartment of Stress Sciences & Psychosomatic Medicine, Graduate School of MedicineBunkyo-kuJapan