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Am a 46 yr old male. Had a PFT done today. 1st ?---why did I pass out while performing the FVC with every attempt. It was not a very pleasant experience. Here are my results. Please explain what they mean. Before I go....I have never smoked, or did drugs.....In 98 I was told I had sarcoids of the lymph nodes. I do get shortness of breath quite easily. had heart test done, appears to be Borderline Normal, lol. Can you help me understand these results. Thanks in advance.
         ACTUAL          PRED.         %PRED.
SPIROMETRY       
FVC (L)          3.11          3.78          82
FEV1 (L)          2.27          3.12          73.
FEV1/FVC (%)          73          79          92
FEF 25% (L/sec)       4.42          7.77          57
FEF 50% (L/sec)       2.17          5.49          40
FEF 75% (L/sec)       0.56          1.74          32
FEF 25-75 %(L/sec)    1.58          3.37          47
FEF Max (L/sec)       6.33          8.24          77
FIVC (L)          2.89
FIF 50% (L/sec)       3.49          5.08        69
FIF Max (L/sec)       3.58

LUNG VOLUMES
SVC (L)          3.36          3.78        89
IC (L)          3.02          3.02       100
ERV (L)          0.33          0.76       44
TGV (L)          2.39          2.92      82
RV (L)          2.06          1.68     122
TLC (Pleth)          5.41          5.94     91
RV/TLC (PLETH)        38          28   136


DIFFUSION
DLCO          28.28     25.60   110
DL/VA          5.69      4.31   132
VA (L)          4.97      5.94    84
 

Post Bronch          Actual     %Pred      %Chng
FVC          3.33      88         7
FEV1          2.41      77         6
FEV1/FVC          72      92         -1
FEF 25%          4.96      64         12  
FEF 50%          2.42      44         12
FEF 75%          0.84      49         51
FEF 25-75%          1.94      57         22
FEF Max          7.55      92         19  
FIVC          2.92          1   
FIF 50%          3.87      76         11     
FIF Max          3.87          8

Answer
Hi William,

Thanks for trusting me with your PFT question today. To be perfectly honest, my weakest skill is analyzing PFT's, as I do not work with them on a regular basis and have not really even seen them since my Respiratory Therapy school days. Your PFT Technician or ordering physican are really the only ones qualified to interpret these results to you, as they are more familiar with your medical history and have already seen you personally. Or, consider re-routing this question to one of the other RTs on here that work more closely with PFT results.  Sorry, I just don't want to mislead or misinform you.

Thanks!

Larry, RRT

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Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT, RCP) since 2005. I have worked primarily in the acute care, critical care, burn care and home care settings.

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-All About Kids Magazine -The Clermont Sun -Cincy Sports & Fitness Magazine -Many online Fitness and Health blogs and "webazines"

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- B.A. in Communication (1997) - A.A.S. in Respiratory Science (2005) - RRT license (state of OH, KY and IN) - Basic Life Saving (BLS) - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) - Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

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