Pulmonary function tests in interstitial lung disease: what role do they have?

Clin Chest Med. 2001 Dec;22(4):715-50, ix. doi: 10.1016/s0272-5231(05)70062-9.


Pulmonary function tests have been widely accepted and utilized in the management of interstitial lung diseases. Although the tests performed have changed little over the past several decades, extensive literature has been published highlighting their clinical role in the diagnosis, staging, prognostication, and follow-up of patients with a wide variety of interstitial lung diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / diagnosis*
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / physiopathology*
  • Respiratory Function Tests*