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Gareis, Hannah and Schulz, Bianka (2021): Lungenfunktionsmessung bei der Katze – eine Übersicht. In: Tierärztliche Praxis Ausgabe Kleintiere Heimtiere, Vol. 49, No. 6: pp. 441-454

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This article provides an overview of currently available pulmonary function tests in cats, divided into invasive and noninvasive methods. Invasive techniques comprise arterial blood gas analysis and measurement of pulmonary mechanics. Non-invasive techniques include pulse oximetry and capnography, as well as methods not yet integrated into everyday practice such as tidal breathing airflow-volume loops, whole-body barometric plethysmography and thorax compression. In this article, the background, execution, interpretation, and limitations of each test are discussed. Proper performance and assessment of pulmonary function measurements may aid in understanding the pathophysiology of feline respiratory disease and in increasing objectivity when assessing the existing disease and treatment efficacy.

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