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How is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) diagnosed?

To work out if you have COPD, your doctor will give you a physical exam and perform some tests to measure how well your lungs are working. The most common test used to diagnose COPD and its severity is called spirometry. This involves measuring how much air you can breathe in and out and how quickly you can breathe out. People who have COPD usually take longer to breathe out. An X-ray or CT scan of your chest may also be helpful in confirming the diagnosis and assessing the severity of lung damage.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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Category: Asthma

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