Spirometry (lungs check-up)

About

About

Amsterdam Tourist Doctors conduct spirometry, a form of lungs check-up. Spirometry is the most common of the pulmonary function tests (PFT), measuring specifically the volume and flow of air that is inhaled and exhaled. It is used to identify possible disorders in pulmonary function, like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma, or the development of those disorders over time in order to adjust the medication.
Target group

Target group

Spirometry is mostly done with patients with COPD and asthma, but also if you experience tightness in the chest, frequent coughing with or without sputum, wheezing. It makes also sense for people with smoking history.
The procedure

The procedure

You take a spirometry test by exhaling the air in the spirometer through a tube placed in your mouth. The test is taken in the standing position with the straight back, you may not bow. It might happen that you get a nose clip, but it is not mandatory. Your lips should be tightly closed round the tube in order to prevent any air leakage. The test consists of inhaling and then, for at least 3 seconds, intense exhaling. This has to be repeated at least two more times, several more times in case you use medication.

The test takes approximately 45 minutes.
Results

Results

After evaluation, the doctor will discuss the results and eventual action plan with you in a separate consultation.   

A spirometry test is not included in the price of a consultation; a surcharge applies.
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