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How to Diagnose COPD

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 04:06 PM

Diagnosis of COPD can be made by professional medical practitioners on the basis of the medical history of the patient, COPD symptoms, and several tests that can confirm COPD diagnosis.

Before COPD is diagnosed, the doctors check for the presence of various COPD symptoms like blocked airway and difficulty in breathing. Previous medical history including family history, smoking, and previous exposure, is checked and only then are further examinations approved.

A thorough physical examination is generally the first test that a person who is diagnosed with COPD has to undergo. This test measures the patient’s temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. Other tests that are performed to confirm the diagnosis of COPD are Spirometry, Complete Blood Count (CBC), Arterial Blood Gases, Chest X Ray, Pulse Oximetry, and a CT Scan.

These tests help diagnose the gravity of the COPD disease and the level to which the disease has progressed. Sputum culture and lung diffusion studies are also commonly carried out in later stages of COPD diagnosis as a confirmation.

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