COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is a common
disease with around 3 million people suffering from it. It is commonly
seen after the age of 40 and is more common in men than women.
COPD is used to describe several conditions including chronic bronchitis and Emphysema. COPD leads to damage of the airways in the lungs. This results in symptoms of chronic cough, production of phlegm and shortness of breath. COPD is caused mainly due to smoking. Exposure to coal dust and genetic factors can also lead to the same. COPD is mainly diagnosed by spirometry.
This is a test wherein the patient blows into a device and it then measures the flow of air from the lungs. Some patients may need further specialised tests called as body plethysmography to measure lung volumes and also to measure the ability of lungs to facilitate transfer of gases across into the body. We have the latest High Definition All-Digital Pulmonary Function Plethysmograph at our site. We have experience in conducting studies in COPD and are fully equipped with all modern devices to conduct the tests in diagnosing and also aid in monitoring the progress shown by the patients.