Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
Your doctor may suggest a spirometry test if he or she suspects your symptoms are caused by a chronic lung condition such as:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis
- Pulmonary fibrosis
If you've already been diagnosed with a chronic lung disorder, spirometry may be used periodically to check how well your medications are working and whether your symptoms are under control.
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