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Pulmonary function testing spirometry
what is pulmonary function testing?
- to understand what is happening int he lungs
How is a pulmonary function test performed?
What is TLC? Total lung capacity?
- total amount of gas contained in the lung at full inspiration
WHat is FRC?
- volume of gas ramining in the lung at the end of a normal expiration
- the frc is the point (lung volume) at which all these forces are in equilibrium
What is RV? residule volume
- volume of gas ramining in the lung at the end of a maximal expiration
What is tidal volume?
- voume of gas inspired or expired during a normal breath
What is the VC? vital capacity
- maximal amount that can be expired aftera full inspiration
What is FRC affected by?
- lung, chest wall and abdominal pathology (basically elasticity)
What is the significance of FRC?
- prevents closure of the small airways and alveoli during expiration
- reduces WOB- efficient
- allows for continuous gas exchange during inspiration and expiration
What is closing volume?
- is volume at which small airways start to close
What happens if the closing capacity increases above the FRC?
then the small airway collapse is likely to occur during breathing - alveolar collapse- blood directed to non ventilated alvolie (V/Q mismatch) - hypoxaemia
What reduces FRC?
- post surgery
- restricitve lung disease
- increased abdominal pressure
What are measurements of static lung volumes?
-measurement of volume of gas in the lung at fixed points during the breathing cycle
- lab based
- most commonly measured
- total body plethysmography- pt inside a closed pressure box and inspired and expires against a closed shutter- thoracic volumes can be worked out by pressure changes
- helium dilution- a marker gas is used to measure RV or FRC, gas is rebreathed through a closed circuit and the final concentraion is used to calculate the accessible volume of the lung
What does it mean if TLC and FRC are greater than 120% of predocted
What does it mean if RV is greater than the 120% of predicted?
- gas trapping
What does it mean if TLC, RV and FRC are < 80% predicted?
- restrictive pattern
What is vital capacity?
- max expired air after full inspiration
What is spirometry?
- involves the measurement of forced expiration from TLC
- provides a great deal of infomration
-pts readings are compared to age and height match to normal values
- identifying pathology
- assessing extent of respiratory compromise
- monitoring lung disease
What are the measures that are commonly taken through spirometry
- FVC- forced vital capacity
- VC- slow (unforced) vital capacity
- FEV1- forced vital capacity in one second
- MMEFR (FER 25-75%)
- the volume of gas that can be forcefully expired in the first second
- FEV1 is a measurement of the flow rate at which air can beblwon out of the lungs
How can FEV1 be reduced?
- narrowing of the airways
- loss of expiratory power
- inadequate expiratory effort
- inadequate inspiratory volume
Spirometry FEV1 reported as
- as an actual volume (eg 1.0L)
- as a % redicted (eg 40% pred)
- as a % of FVC (ratio)
FEV1- is after one sec
-FVC- is the highest point
-FVC- the total colume of gas that be forcefully expired from TLC. Measure of the accessible lung volume (apart from RV)
- VC (slow vital capacity)
- used if the pts airways have a tendency to collapse during forceful expiration eg emphysema (COPD)
- in this situation VC is more acurate than FVC
How can FVC be reduced?
- factors that reduce inspiratory volume- ie not enough volume to start
- factors that limit airflow- airway obstruction, loss of lung elasticity
What is the FEV1/FVC ratio?
- an adult with normal respiratory system functioning can blow out at least 75% of FVC in the first second of forced expiration
What 2 groups lung disease may be categorised?
- obstructive patterns
How can we tell through spirometry if a condition is obstructive?
- low FEV1
- FVC- normal, increase or decreased
- FEV1/FVC ration <75%
How can you tell through spirometry if a condition is restricitive?
- all lung volumes are reduced
- FEV1 and FVC are down
- FEV1/FVC may be preserved or sometimes elevated
What is maximum mid expiratory flow rate? (MMEFR)
- maximum mid expiratory flow rate
- forced expiratory flow- 25-75%
- detects obstructive changes in small airways- often the first sign of obstructive lung disease
What are the safety precautions of spirometry?
- due to being a forced technique- can generate high intrathoracic and abdominal pressure
- unstable heart- IHD, angina, arythmias
- paroxysmal coughing
- very unstable airways
When must you stop spirometry?
- dizzy/ faint
- increase SOB
- pain in thorax
What is peak expiratory flow rate?
PEFR- effort dependent measurement which gives info about the calibre of airways
SEE NOTES ABOUT FLOW VOLUME LOOPS
What is diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide?
- the measurement of diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide is made when ever a diffusion problem is suspected
- a reduced DLCO indicates a limitation to diffuse eg pulmonary interstitial fibrosis
CC= CV+ RV
if CC increases above FRC or FRC falls below CC collapse will occur