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Lung Results

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#1 scampie5


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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:24 AM

Hi everyone,

I have had my results back for lung function test and I do not understand them. Can anyone help?
It showed TLCO of 2.07 L (26% predicted), FVC 1.27 L (45% predicted).... each showed Right ventricular systolic pressure of 39.

Many thanks lynn

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:40 PM

Hi Lynn,

The TLCO is the diffusing capacity of the lungs to determine the amounts of oxygen and carbon dioxide transferance each time a breath is taken.

The FVC is the volume of air that can be breathed out after a very deep breath.

The Right Ventricular Systolic Pressure is used to determine if there's any sign of Pulmonary Hypertension and to estimate any pressure on the vessels leading to the lungs.

I do hope this general information is helpful to you but as I'm no doctor and I have no actual medical knowledge, you should go back to your consultant/doctor for him to explain the actual figures on your lung function test to you.
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:45 PM

Hi Lynn,

Your doctor is really supposed to explain the results of the PFT test with you, not just send you a copy of it, especially if there is anything possibly wrong.

Like Jo advised, please call or go back to your doctor to have the results explained to your total satisfaction. And let us know what you find out, will you?

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