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Respiratory Tests & Treatments

Pulmonary Diagnostic Studies

Call 708-923-5533 to learn more about Respiratory tests and treatments available at Palos.

If your physician suspects an obstruction in your lungs, pulmonary diagnostic studies may be ordered. A series of breathing maneuvers tell the doctor what percentage of your lungs are functioning and indicate your lungs' volume and capacity. Baseline studies are analyzed by computer and interpreted by a pulmonologist.

Pulmonary Function Tests

A complete pulmonary function test consists of spirometry, lung volume determination, diffusing capacity and post-bronchodilator studies. These exams are painless and typically can be performed in less than one hour. Pulmonary Function Tests are offered Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening appointments also are available on Monday and Wednesday.

If you have a physician's order for a pulmonary function test, call Central Scheduling at 708.827.2030 to schedule your appointment.

Bronchoprovocation Studies

Bronchoprovocation studies are ordered by your physician if there is a concern you may have asthma.

Methacholine Challenge

The purpose of this test is to determine if your lungs react like an asthmatic's lungs. You will be required to inhale a medication called methacholine to determine if you have airway reactivity. Then you will be required to perform a series of breathing maneuvers to determine if there is an obstruction in your airflow.

If you have a physician's order for a cold air study or a methacholine challenge, call Respiratory Care at 708.923.5533

Cardiopulmonary Stress Test

Often when a patient is experiencing shortness of breath, a physician orders a cardiopulmonary stress test to identify factors that may be causing symptoms and limiting activities. The study is performed on a bicycle and measures the body's ability to use oxygen while under stress. The comprehensive physician-monitored test includes an electrocardiography (EKG), pulmonary function screening, oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production analysis.

If you have a physician's order for a cardiopulmonary stress test, call Respiratory Care at 708.923.5533.

Therapeutic Services

Once testing is complete your physician may prescribe one of the following therapies:

Nebulizer Therapy is the administration of medication to help relieve symptoms. Nebulizers used for therapy are of the highest quality. Other medications also may be administered to control lung inflammation.

Breathing Exercises, such as pursed lip and diaphragmatic breathing, help reduce trapped air in the lungs. Volume expansion techniques may be implemented to reduce the risk of lung disorders.

Airway Clearance Techniques, such as coughing techniques, postural drainage and positive expiratory pressure therapy, may be prescribed to help remove excess mucus from your airways.

Additional therapeutic services are available as prescribed by your physician.