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MedStar Health provides both inpatient and outpatient services to diagnose and treat breathing diseases and disorders. Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary hypertension

In our pulmonary function laboratories, sophisticated diagnostic testing helps doctors evaluate lung function. A physician might prescribe a pulmonary function study for a number of reasons, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • History of smoking
  • Asthma
  • Environmental exposure
  • Cystic fibrosis

Several types of diagnostic tests can be performed in the lab, including:

  • Ambulating saturation
  • Arterial blood gas sampling
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Diffusion studies
  • Impulse oscillometry
  • Lung volumes
  • Maximum expiratory pressure
  • Maximum inspiratory pressure
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Spirometry