Patient Education Materials

Pulmonary Function Tests - PFT

  Pulmonary function tests are a series of tests which evaluate how well your lungs are performing. A physician referral is required. The pulmonary function lab performs several tests to evaluate the following: • COPD• Asthma• Chronic cough• Shortness breath•

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Peak Flowmetry

  WHAT DOES PEAK FLOW METER MEASURE? • Measures Peak Expiratory Flow Rate during forced maneuver• Does not measure lung volumes. Obstruction in the airways will decrease the flow of air that can be removed with force from the lungs. ROLE OF PEAK FLOW METER IN PRACTICE • To

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Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR- TB)

  INTRODUCTION MDR-TB is a form of TB caused by mycobacteria that have become resistant to the two most effective anti-TB drugs, isoniazid and rifampicin. As a consequence, MDR-TB needs to be treated with other drugs, known as second-line drugs. The treatment is longer, more expensive and

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Lung Cancer

  INTRODUCTION Lung cancer occurs when cells in the lung grow abnormally out of control and form tumors. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Smoking causes the majority of lung cancer cases. Early stages of lung cancer may not produce symptoms;

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Environmental Allergy

Introduction Runny noses, itchy watery eyes, and sneezing bother many Americans with environmental allergies, especially during pollen season. While outdoor allergies from grass, weeds, and trees may be seasonal, indoor allergies from dust mites and pet dander can cause problems all year round.

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