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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Alternate Names : COPD, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COLD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

Diagnosis of COPD begins with a medical history and physical examination. Lung function tests can identify COPD in Stage 0, even before the individual has symptoms. Lung function tests measure how much air a person can take in with a deep breath. They also measure how fast the person can push the air back out of the lungs. The healthcare provider may also order a chest X-ray and blood tests.

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Author: Rebecca Bascom, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 09/24/01

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