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  1. Mediastinoscopy

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Lung Biopsy

    A lung biopsy removes a small piece of lung tissue for diagnostic tests.

  5. Bronchoscopy

    Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope.

  6. 10 Signs of a COPD Exacerbation

    A COPD exacerbation can be life threatening and can have a long-term effect on lung function and the worsening of COPD symptoms. Early response to a COPD exacerbation is crucial for minimizing those risks. WebMD lists 10 signs that an exacerbation is imminent. Find out which COPD symptoms require immediate attention.

  7. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include those you can control, such as smoking, and others that you cannot control, such as inherited factors (genes).Risk factors you can controlTobacco smoking is the most important risk factor for COPD. In comparison, other risk factors are minor.At least 10% to 15% of all cigarette smokers develop COPD with symptoms; some studies ..

  8. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Other Treatment

    Other treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes:Pulmonary rehabilitation, which employs a team of health professionals that monitors and treats the medical, physical, and emotional aspects of COPD. It generally combines exercise, breathing therapy, emotional support, nutritional guidance, and education. Pulmonary rehabilitation is required for those undergoing lung ...

  9. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Surgery

    Lung surgery is rarely used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Surgery is never the first treatment option and is only considered for people who have severe COPD that has not improved with other treatment.Surgery ChoicesLung volume reduction surgery removes a portion of one or both lungs, making room for the remaining lung tissue to work more efficiently. It is used only in ...

  10. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD):What is COPD?What causes COPD?Can I prevent COPD?What are the symptoms of COPD?What happens in COPD?What increases my risk for COPD?What is a COPD exacerbation?Who is affected with COPD?Being diagnosed:Who can diagnose COPD?How is COPD diagnosed?Getting treatment: How is COPD treated?What medications will I need to take?Will I need ...

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