Get to know Spirometry

Get to know Spirometry

What is spirometry?
Spirometry examination is a test that aims to assess lung function. This examination assesses the amount of air that can be inhaled and exhaled by the lungs in units of milliliter volume, as well as the velocity of pulmonary airflow in units of milliliters per second. The examination is carried out by inhaling and exhaling through the mouthpiece (not through the nose).

Benefits of spirometry examination?
The amount of volume produced can be used to assess lung health whether there are impaired lung expansion, obstruction in the airway or normal. In addition, spirometry can also be used as a supporting tool in diagnosing respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, and other lung diseases. Another advantage of spirometry is that it is used to evaluate the preparation for certain surgeries and also as part of a general medical check-up.

Things that must be considered before carrying out a spirometry examination, the person to be examined is instructed not to smoke and consume alcoholic beverages, at least 24 hours beforehand. The person being examined is advised to wear loose clothing and avoid heavy meals before the examination so that the examination is comfortable and the measurements produced reflect the actual condition.

How to check
Spirometry examination consists of two maneuvers. The first maneuver assesses the amount of air that the lungs can inhale and exhale. Through the mouthpiece, the person being examined is instructed to inhale as deeply as possible, then exhale until they run out. the second maneuver assesses pulmonary airflow velocity. The person being examined will be asked to take a deep breath, then exhale as quickly and forcefully as possible. Both of these maneuvers are performed three times each to get good results and meet the requirements.

Indications for spirometry are coughing, feeling of heaviness in the chest, and tightness. If you feel breathing problems like that, immediately consult our pulmonary specialist at Hermina Surakarta Hospital. The specialist will examine your condition and, if needed, will carry out a series of tests, one of which is spirometry, to be able to provide the right therapy according to your condition.


Spirometry risks
Some side effects can occur during or after a spirometry test, such as:
Feeling slightly dizzy or short of breath immediately after taking the test. If this happens, be sure to stop the test immediately and tell your doctor how you feel.
 A spirometry test will increase the pressure in your head, chest, stomach and eyes, when you exhale. Therefore, be sure to tell your doctor if you have certain health problems. For example, such as heart problems, hypertension, or if you have had surgery on your chest, stomach, head, or eyes.

If Hermina Friends want to consult regarding spirometry examinations or have other complaints with a Pulmonary Specialist, for schedules and registration, you can call 0821-3552-2454.
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