Asthma Diagnosis

Dr. John Fleetham, Respirologist, discusses the diagnosis of asthma in patients.

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Dr. John Fleetham, Respirologist, discusses the diagnosis of asthma in patients.
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Featuring: Dr. John Fleetham, MD, Respirologist

Duration: 40 seconds

You usually diagnose asthma usually from taking a history from the patient of the typical symptoms.

The typical way to diagnose asthma is to actually have a breathing test, get the patient to breathe into a machine, and then actually give them a treatment for asthma and see whether they respond to that treatment. It's called spirometry and it's available in most hospitals and in many offices of family physicians.

If you want to know how to be diagnosed with asthma, then you should go to your family physician, your family physician may be able to do it in his office or may send you to a pulmonary function lab to have specific testing for asthma.

Presenter: Dr. John Fleetham, Respirologist, Vancouver, BC

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