Pulmonary Function Testing: Key Concepts

This overview describes direct interpretation of Pulmonary Function Tests to improve diagnostic and technical skills of the in-training or practicing allergist/immunologst in either an academic or private practice setting.

Target Audience


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe PFT manifestations of obstructive and restrictive lung disease
  • Recognize obstructive and restrictive lung disease patterns on the flow volume loop
  • Recognize variable and fixed obstructive patterns including vocal cord dysfunction and describe technically acceptable PFTs
  • Recognize fixed vs. reversible obstruction
  • Differentiate parenchymal from extrinsic restrictive defects
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 1.50 CME
    CME credit.
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Course expires: 

Content was recorded from the 2012 AAAAI Annual Meeting, and was initially reviewed by the Annual Meeting Program Subcommittee for that purpose. Recordings were reviewed for this course by the presenters to ensure reflects the current evidence.

Mark F. Sands, MD FAAAAI
University of Buffalo, SUNY School of Medicine, Veterans Administration, Buffalo, NY
Relevant relationships: None

Donald P. Tashkin, MD
UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Relevant relationships: AstraZeneca: Consultant, speaker; TEVA: Consultant, speaker; Boehringer-Ingelheim: research grant recipient, speaker; GSK: research grant recipient; Novartis: consultant; Sunovion: consultant, speaker

John M. Weiler, MD FAAAAI
President, CompleWare Corporation, Iowa City, IA
Relevant relationships: CompleWare Corporation: stock ownership; Iowa Clinical Research Corporation: stock ownership

Accreditation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this enduring material  for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Medium and Method of Physician Participation:
This is an enduring activity. Follow these steps to complete the activity:

  1. Register for the activity
  2. Review the Faculty and Accreditation tabs
  3. Complete all required components
  4. Complete the post test and achieve a score of 70% or higher
  5. Complete the activity evaluation
  6. Print your certificate

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Available Credit

  • 1.50 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 1.50 CME
    CME credit.


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