n South African Medical Journal - Five tips for good office spirometry : article

Volume 105, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Spirometry is critical for the correct diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is part of the severity classification. It ultimately guides treatment choices. When performing spirometry on a COPD patient, one expects a flow volume loop to have some degree of obstruction. To obtain and confirm this result, there are a few important steps that have to be followed and rules that have to be adhered to.

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