How often should pulmonary function tests (PFTs) be performed in children with sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Children with sickle cell disease (SCD) frequently have abnormal pulmonary function test (PFT) results. PFTs should be performed regularly in children with a history of recurrent acute chest episodes or low oxygen saturation. Because lung function declines with age, it is important to identify those who require close monitoring and treatment.


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