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  1. Pulmonary Embolism - Exams and Tests

    Learn about exams and tests used in diagnosing pulmonary embolism.

  2. Pulmonary Embolism - Medications

    Medications can help prevent repeated episodes of pulmonary embolism by preventing new blood clots from forming or preventing existing clots from getting larger.

  3. Paradoxical Embolism - Topic Overview

    Normally,blood flows from the right side of the heart through the pulmonary arteries and lungs before it returns to the left side of the heart. A paradoxical embolism is a blood clot that does not travel with normal blood flow. This type of embolism often causes a stroke because the clot moves directly from the right side of the heart to the left through a hole (defect) in the septum,which ...

  4. Forced Expiratory Volume and Forced Vital Capacity - Topic Overview

    Forced expiratory volume (FEV) measures how much air a person can exhale during a forced breath. The amount of air exhaled may be measured during the first (FEV1),second (FEV2),and/or third seconds (FEV3) of the forced breath. Forced vital capacity (FVC) is the total amount of air exhaled during the FEV test. Forced expiratory volume and forced vital capacity are lung function tests that are ...

  5. Home Lung Function Test

    A home lung function test uses a peak flow meter to monitor and evaluate any breathing problems you may have on a daily basis.

  6. Angiogram of the Lung

    An angiogram of the lung is an X-ray test that uses fluoroscopy to take pictures of the blood flow within the blood vessels of the lung.

  7. Thoracentesis

    Thoracentesis is a procedure to remove fluid from the space between the lungs and the chest wall called the pleural space.

  8. Mediastinoscopy

    Mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure to examine the inside of the upper chest between and in front of the lungs (mediastinum).

  9. Sputum Culture

    A sputum culture is a test to detect and identify bacteria or fungi that are infecting the lungs or breathing passages. Sputum is a thick fluid produced in the lungs and in the airways leading to the lungs.

  10. Sputum Cytology

    Sputum cytology examines a sample of sputum (mucus) under a microscope to determine whether abnormal cells are present. Sputum is not the same as saliva. Sputum is produced in the lungs and in the airways leading to the lungs.

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