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Hello this is Dr. Stan and I will assist you with your question today. I am board certified and I have 40 years of patient experience. I am happy to help you. I'm sorry to hear you have a respiratory problem. The best way to assess pulmonary function is with a Pulmonary Function test and measure the oxygen content in your blood. These are non-invasive tests that can help with initial diagnosis and predict lung function in the future. Should any abnormalities be found, then an evaluation by a Pulmonologist is suggested.
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Yes, the PFT will indicate if you have any lung damage. I would think that your doctor would send you to a Pulmonary specialist if there were an indication of COPD or Emphysema. If there is damage, then MRI or CT of Lungs would be indicated.
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Have you had a Pulmonary Function Study completed?