Chapter 1

The background

Get off to a running start. Here, you’ll cover the historical basis of pulmonary function testing, and the principal tests used in the assessment of known or suspected lung disease.
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Chapter 2

The basic techniques

In this chapter, you’ll review important techniques used in measuring various aspects of lung function, including airflow, lung volumes, and changes in lung volumes.
  • Appreciating testing ingenuity
  • Measuring lung volume using helium dilution
  • Using body plethysmography
  • Appreciating differences between various methods
  • The basic techniques quiz
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Chapter 3

Evaluating the lungs at rest

Understand the static mechanical properties of the respiratory system. In this chapter, you’ll go deep into the relationship between volume and pressure at times of no airflow.
  • Measuring respiratory system compliance
  • Measuring static lung compliance
  • Measuring static chest wall compliance
  • Evaluating the lungs at rest quiz
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Chapter 4

Assessing breathing

Here, you’ll concentrate on the relationships between pressure, flow, and volume during inspiration and expiration, and how to use these measurements to detect disease.
  • Measuring forced vital capacities
  • Measuring maximal voluntary ventilation
  • Assessing airway resistance and conductance
  • Detecting airway inflammation
  • Assessing breathing quiz
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Chapter 5

Challenging the airways

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to use various challenge tests to detect subtle disorders of respiratory function, such as cough-variant asthma or exercise-induced asthma.
  • Performing the methacholine challenge test
  • Using the exercise test
  • Administering the inhalation challenge test
  • Taking precautions with bronchoprovocation testing
  • Challenging the airways quiz
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Chapter 6

Checking small airways function

Take the road less travelled. Learn about less commonly used tests that can help you detect subtle disorders of respiratory function, such as disease isolated to the small airways.
  • Measuring dynamic compliance
  • Interpreting helium-oxygen flow volume curves
  • Using the nitrogen washout test
  • Checking small airways function quiz
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Chapter 7

Analyzing gas exchange

Here, you’ll learn how to analyze factors that determine the efficiency of gas transfer, particularly oxygen, across the alveolar-capillary membrane, and the test methods used.
  • Mastering the physiology of ventilation
  • Analyzing alveolar gas composition
  • Measuring diffusing capacity
  • Analyzing gas exchange quiz
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Chapter 8

Using specialized lung function tests

Learn how to use additional pulmonary function tests, such as (HAST), the six-minute walk test, and testing respiratory responses to high carbon dioxide / low oxygen levels.
  • Using the high altitude simulation test (HAST)
  • Evaluating ventilatory responses to hypoxemia and hypercapnia
  • Performing the six-minute walk test
  • Using specialized lung function tests quiz
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Chapter 9

Diagnosing respiratory disorders

Here, you’ll learn how to interpret patterns of pulmonary function test abnormalities, and cover important guidelines issued by American and European professional societies.
  • Interpreting abnormal patterns
  • Adhering to interpretation guidelines
  • Assessing physiological determinants
  • Diagnosing respiratory disorders quiz
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Chapter 10

Practicing your skills

Breathe a sigh of relief as you finish off strong. Wrap up the course with a recommended algorithm, and clinical cases where you can practice your interpretation skills.
  • Applying the recommended algorithm
  • Practicing your skills quiz
  • Pulmonary Function Testing Essentials outro
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