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What is Bronchogenic Carcinoma?

The term “bronchogenic carcinoma” seems to have evolved over the years. Historically, it was used to define certain types of lung cancer that originated in the bronchi (largest air passages in the lungs) and bronchioles (smallest air passages in the lungs). At present, the term is used interchangeably to describe any type, or subtype, of […]

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What is Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis?

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, also known as extrinsic allergic alveolitis or allergic alveolitis, is a rare immune system disorder of the lungs caused by exposure to dust and other substances found in the environment.  These substances trigger an immune response in the lungs that causes short or long-term inflammation, primarily in a part of the lungs called […]

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Defining Oxygenation and What it Means for Your Health

Oxygenation can be defined as the addition of oxygen to any chemical or physical system, including the human body. It’s a word also used to describe interventions that provide a greater oxygen supply to the lungs and circulatory system. Adequate oxygenation is essential for maintaining optimal health and vitality. When illness occurs and oxygen status […]

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What is Forced Vital Capacity (FVC)?

Forced vital capacity, or FVC, is one of the measurements taken during a spirometry test, a type of pulmonary (lung) function test that helps doctors determine the presence and severity of lung disease. FVC reflects the amount of air you can forcibly exhale, after taking the deepest breath possible. Once your FVC is determined, your […]

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What are the Different Types of Pulmonary Function Tests?

Pulmonary function tests – sometimes referred to as PFTs, lung function or breathing tests – are a battery of tests that evaluate how well your lungs work. Together with patient history and other diagnostic tests, they help doctors assess respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath and cough, identify risks before surgery and diagnose common […]

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Why do I Need a Spirometry Test?

If your doctor has recommended you have a spirometry test, you’re probably wondering why you need one and what kind of test it is. A spirometry test is among a group of breathing tests known as pulmonary function tests. This group of lung tests tell doctors how well your lungs are working. Spirometry measures how […]

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What is Transient Nocturnal Desaturation?

Transient nocturnal desaturation, also known as nocturnal hypoxemia, is defined as a temporary drop in oxygen saturation during sleep. The condition is a significant problem in COPD, affecting a relatively large number of COPD patients. In fact, one study suggests that 27-70% of COPD patients with daytime oxygen saturation levels of 90-95% experience substantial desaturation […]

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