The use of pulmonary function testing in piloting, air travel, mountain climbing, and diving

T. A. Dillard, Jr Ewald

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Scopus citations


Millions of people engage in occupational or leisure activities at high altitude or at variable depths below sea level. This article presents an overview of the utility of pulmonary function testing in evaluating complications and other consequences of exposure to high and low pressure environments. The authors review recent literature concerning expected changes in pulmonary function with hyperbaric and hypobaric exposures. The article provides guidance for clinicians evaluating mountain climbers, pilots, aircrew members, airline passengers and deep sea divers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-816
Number of pages22
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

Cite this