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Pulmonary Medicine – What to Expect

A pulmonary medicine consultation will be a meeting with a pulmonologist to discuss conditions or symptoms you are having relating to breathing, such as shortness of breath, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, occupational lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, tuberculosis, or sever acute respirator syndrome. During the consultation, the pulmonologist will go over your medical records with you and develop a treatment plan or order further testing to diagnose your condition.

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Three tests to expect from a visit with a Pulmonologist from About.com:

1. Spirometry is a reliable test used by pulmonologists to measure how much air enters and leaves the lungs. During this test, the doctor will use a measuring instrument known as a spirometer. The patient exhales, inhales and then blows forcefully as long as he or she can into the mouthpiece of the spirometer to measure several lung capacities.

2. Measure the PEF rate: a peak flow meter is a small instrument that measures how forcefully an individual can blow air into a small tube. The patient takes the peak flow meter home and tests his or her PEF rate 2 times a day for about 2 weeks, while recording the results for the doctor to review at the next appointment.

3. The third test a pulmonologist may perform is bronchial provocation, which can help the doctor identify hyperresponsive airways. This test is used if the doctor suspects a patient has asthma but it is not confirmed through spirometry or the PEF test. In a bronchial provocation test, the patient inhales a chemical in an aerosol form that triggers a hyperresponsive reaction.

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