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  1. What Causes COPD?

    Smoking, dirty air in the workplace, and asthma can lead to COPD. Learn what causes this lung problem and how to protect your lungs.

  2. AAT Deficiency Starts in the Liver

    If you have AAT deficiency, you may worry about liver disease. AAT deficiency can cause liver disease, most often in infants and small children.

  3. Lung Function Tests

    Lung function tests (also called pulmonary function tests, or PFTs) evaluate how well your lungs work.

  4. Sarcoidosis - Topic Overview

    What is sarcoidosis? Sarcoidosis (say "sar-koy-DOH-sus") is a rare disease that creates tiny lumps of cells throughout the body. These lumps,called granulomas,are too small to see or feel. They can form anywhere on the inside or outside of the body and can cause permanent scar tissue. They often form in the lungs,lymph nodes,liver,skin,or eyes. Sarcoidosis may affect how an organ works. ...

  5. Chronic Lung Disease in Infants: Caring for Your Baby - Topic Overview

    Home treatment is often needed for a baby who has been diagnosed with chronic lung disease. Before you take your newborn home from the hospital,you need to be able to: Recognize the symptoms and know what to do if your baby has difficulty breathing or stops breathing. Perform CPR in the unlikely event that your baby will need it. Recognize the early signs of upper respiratory infection,such ...

  6. Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax) - Topic Overview

    What is a pneumothorax?A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) results from a buildup of air in the space between the lung and the chest wall (pleural space). As the amount of air in this space increases, the pressure against the lung causes the lung to collapse. This prevents your lung from expanding properly when you try to breathe in, causing shortness of breath and chest pain. A pneumothorax may ...

  7. Tuberculosis (TB) - Medications

    Information on medications used to treat tuberculosis (TB).

  8. Tuberculosis (TB) - What Increases Your Risk

    Read about risk factors for tuberculosis.

  9. Tuberculosis (TB) - Surgery

    Surgery is rarely used to treat tuberculosis (TB). However, it may be used to treat complications of an infection in the lungs or another part of the body.

  10. Tuberculosis (TB) - Topic Overview

    What is tuberculosis? Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that is most often found in the lungs (pulmonary TB) but can spread to other parts of the body (extrapulmonary TB).

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