Diagnosing Asthma – Clinical Tests Revisited
Asthma Diagnosis is difficult. Respiratory history and clinical assessment is crucial to make the initial diagnosis, which should then be confirmed by objective tests and diagnostics.
Ms Samantha Prigmore explores in her presentation the various diagnostic tests available to support making the correct asthma diagnosis, including lung function parameters via peak flow and spirometry. She also explores other useful diagnostic tools such as FeNO, provocation tests, plethysmography and impulse oscillometry.
Ms Prigmore shares her views on the advantages and disadvantages of each test and provides her perspective as to how best to utilise each test in daily clinical practice when confirming an asthma diagnosis.
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Independent Respiratory Nurse Consultant