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At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this test and invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about the test and how you can help.
Spirometry (spy-ROM-a-tree) is a simple way for the doctor to measure your child’s lung function, and to tell how well his or her medications are working.
Very little preparation is required before spirometry testing.
Spirometry testing is done through the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology of UPMC Children’s Hospital or one of the UPMC Children’s satellite locations. This test may be done on its own, as part of another appointment, or while your child is a patient in the hospital.
After you have registered your child at the desk, you will be asked to sit in the waiting area. We invite one parent or guardian to stay with your child during the treatment.
Other adults and siblings must stay in the waiting room during the test.
You will be joined in the examining room by a pulmonary function technician. The spirometry test will be overseen by a physician, but the actual test will be performed by the technician. The results will be reviewed by a doctor.
During the Spirometry Test
The most important role of a parent or guardian during the test is to help your child stay calm and relaxed. The best way to help your child stay calm is for you to stay calm.
After the Spirometry Test
Your child may resume normal activities immediately, unless otherwise directed by the doctor. Spirometry testing does not cause side effects.
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor or pulmonary function technician performing the test needs to know about, please call the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology at UPMC Children’s before the test and ask to speak with a pulmonary function technician. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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