Pulmonary function tests

Ulster Med J. 2011 May;80(2):84-90.


Pulmonary function tests are valuable investigations in the management of patients with suspected or previously diagnosed respiratory disease. They aid diagnosis, help monitor response to treatment and can guide decisions regarding further treatment and intervention. The interpretation of pulmonary functions tests requires knowledge of respiratory physiology. In this review we describe investigations routinely used and discuss their clinical implications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Respiratory Function Tests*