By Thomas L. Petty, MD

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Spirometry: A valuable but overlooked tool

Recent studies show that many patients are being treated for COPD without confirmatory spirometry. In-office testing is easy and available. A recent study showed that only 32% of patients admitted to a hospital for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have ever had spirometry.1 Many of these patients had been treated for years of respiratory symptoms…

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