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Suggested Investigations:
Allergic Rhinitis Skin Prick Tests (common inhaled allergens)
Unexplained Cough Full Pulmonary Function Tests Plus Histamine, Saline or Mannitol Challenge
Unexplained Dyspnoea Full Pulmonary Function Tests (Includes bronchodilator) ± Airway Resistance (RAW)
Suspected Asthma Full Pulmonary Function Tests Plus Histamine, Saline or Mannitol Challenge
Scuba Diving Medical Flow Volume Loop plus Saline Challenge
Suspected Muscle Weakness Maximum Inspiratory Pressures and Maximum Expiratory Pressures ±
Stiff Nasal Inspiratory Pressure
(MIPS and MEPS ±SNIP)
Usually with full Pulmonary Function
Tests (PFTs) Maximum Voluntary Ventilation (MVV)
To Exclude Significant Sleep Disordered Breathing Home Oximetry overnight
To Assess Safety of Commercial Air Flight In Patients with Lung Disease High Altitude Simulation Test (HAST). Involves breathing 15% oxygen for 30 minutes under supervision
Available Tests:
Full pulmonary function (flow volume loop, with bronchodilator, lung volumes, gas transfer capacity)
Flow volume loop / Spirometry (includes bronchodilator)
Airway Resistance & Conductance (RAW)
Maximum Voluntary Ventilation (MVV)
MIPS & MEPS (mouth pressure)
Sniff Nasal Inspiratory Pressure (SNIP)
Home Overnight Oximetry*
High Altitude Simulation Test*
Tests for Asthma:
Histamine Challenge
Saline Challenge*
Mannitol Challenge
Nasal Resistance
Skin Test for Allergies
* Test only available at Frenchs Forest

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