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Family Physician
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I failed to provide a breathalyzer sample because of shortness

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I failed to provide a breathalyzer sample because of shortness of breath.
I have been diagnosed with sarcoidosis and am on steroid treatment
could this be the reason I could not supply a sample
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Drug Testing
Expert:  Family Physician replied 2 years ago.
Any chronic lung disease (including sarcoidosis) can potentially cause severe enough restriction of airflow to give an invalid breathalyzer test.

You would likely need your primary care physician or a lung specialist to give a medical report documenting a poor airflow on a pulmonary function test if you are trying to challenge any legal action based on your inability to give a breath specimen.