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.
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
Content was recorded from the 2012 AAAAI Annual Meeting, and was initially reviewed by the Annual Meeting Program Subcommittee for that purpose.
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
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- 1.50 AttendanceAttendance credit.
- 1.50 CMECME credit.