Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) | Diagnosis & Tests

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Learn More About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Diagnosis & Tests

Spirometry

How can I find out if I have COPD?

Talk to your doctor if you experience any symptoms of COPD. Your doctor will ask you if you smoke or if you have been exposed to excessive amounts of dust, fumes, smoke, gases, vapors, or mists over a long period of time.

Your doctor might give you a spirometry test. This is a special test to see how well your lungs are working. You might also have a chest X-ray. The X-ray can show signs of COPD. Your doctor may also suggest a blood test or a special test that analyzes your mucus.

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Reviewed/Updated: 08/12
Created: 08/01

Learn More About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Diagnosis & Tests

Spirometry

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