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Old 05-12-2013, 09:33 AM   #7
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Re: PFT questions

The report says clinical correlation is suggested. That means matching the test results with any possible clinical problems or symptoms you may have. So here's some conditions that could fit: Obesity is a common cause of restrictive defect on PFT because the large abdomen restricts the expansion of the lungs. Pulmonary fibrosis is scarring inside the lungs that restricts the elastic nature of the tissue that allows expansion. It is associated with connective tissue disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc. Pleurosclerosis is pleural scarring (the covering membrane of the lung) that prevents lung expansion. It is uncommon, and a result of chronic pleurisy or inflammation of pleura. If any of these situations fit, it gives you an idea of what may be causing this. Cough and shortness of breath are often associated with pulmonary fibrosis which can have serious outcomes. If you Dr won't give you a referral, I would try to see a different Dr who will. Or better yet, pin your Dr down for a discussion of why this is showing up. To do that, you need to be well informed about restrictive findings on PFT, what causes it, what the cirteria are and how bad your numbers are. Every effort should be made to find the reason for it so preventive measures/treatment can be instituted to prevent it from getting worse. It will show up on CT scan if fibrosis or pleurosclerosis. By the time fibrosis shows up on xray, it is severe. PS Pregnancy is a temporary cause of restrictive defects on PFT!

Last edited by ladybud; 05-12-2013 at 09:35 AM. Reason: added PS