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Pulmonary Medicine


Pulmonary Function Lab and Sleep Laboratory

The Pulmonary Function Lab provides pulmonary function testing and diagnostics along with arterial blood gas analysis. Pulmonary function tests are specialized breathing tests performed to "fingerprint" the breathing cycle. These tests help to measure how well the lungs function in different respects. The tests performed include:

  • Blood gas analysis
  • Bronchial provocation
  • Bronchodilator responsiveness
  • CPAP titration
  • Diffusing capacity
  • Exercise testing
  • Lung volumes
  • MSLT (mean sleep latency test)
  • MWT (maintenance of wakefulness test)
  • Polysomnography or sleep study
  • Spirometry


Diagnosis of some pulmonary diseases requires certain types of testing. Akron General offers a wide range of tests, including:

  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Bronchoscopy
  • CT guided needle biopsy
  • Minimally invasive VATS biopsy
  • Open lung biopsy
  • Pleural biopsy
  • Pulmonary artery catheterization
  • Superdimension electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Transbronchial biopsies
  • Transbronchial needle aspiration


In addition to certain types of tests, sometimes pulmonary diseases can be diagnosed using non-invasive imaging, including:

  • Chest x-rays
  • CT scan of the chest
  • MRI of the chest
  • PET scanning of the chest
  • Ventilation-perfusion scanning

Treatment Options

Treatment options for patients with an established pulmonary disease could include:

  • Aerosolized medications
  • Airway care and suctioning
  • Antibiotics
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Endobronchial balloon dilatation
  • Incentive spirometry
  • Intubation
  • Laser bronchoscopy
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Steroids
  • Tracheostomy
  • Trancheobronchial stenting
  • Transtracheal oxygen
  • Vibratory therapy

Educating Patients, Their Families and Healthcare Professionals

Akron General's Pulmonary Medicine Department offers education for patients, their families, the community and other healthcare professionals on the aforementioned topics. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary program for patients with pulmonary diseases during which patients receive intensive education and a personalized exercise program aimed at improving function and overall health.  Date Updated: 18-AUG-2014

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