What is the role of PFTs in the workup of mold-related allergic asthma?

Updated: Sep 18, 2017
  • Author: Shih-Wen Huang, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Simple spirometry to measure airway flow rates can help in identifying reversible or fixed airway obstruction. A reduced forced vital capacity in the absence of airflow obstruction is supportive evidence of restrictive lung disease. Spirometry can be performed during the initial workup or a follow-up visit in an outpatient clinic. The patient can use a peak flow meter to monitor his or her airflow at home. Airflow rates can be helpful in determining necessary adjustments for medications, depending on the patient's clinical course.


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