First-rate pulmonary care for all types of lung conditions is a specialty of Pulmonary & Sleep Associates of Jasper, P.C. We offer pulmonary function testing, thoracentesis and additional procedures to diagnose diseases of the lungs.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Interstitial Lung Disease
The pleural space is the area between your lungs and your chest wall. A small amount of fluid in this space is normal but excess fluid build-up is not. When a lot of fluid is present, breathing may become difficult. Using thoracentesis, we extract the fluid through a needle or tube, test it, determine the cause and proceed with treatment. This symptom is indicative of conditions including heart failure, lung infections, pneumonia, lung cancer and others.
We perform the thoracentesis procedure at Walker Baptist Medical Center in the Special Procedures area. You will register at 2nd Floor- Admissions. Related lab work needs to be completed the day before the test at the 2nd Floor Lab. The Special Procedures staff will make your follow up appointment before you leave.
Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
Pulmonary function tests, also called lung function tests, are detect how well your lungs are working. If you are having breathing problems, we use these tests to measure lung capacity including how much air you can take in and breathe out. We also test for the ability of your lungs to supply oxygen to your blood. Lung function tests can help us diagnose conditions such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis (lung tissue scarring) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
When we need to look inside of your lungs, fiber-optic bronchoscopy is the procedure we use. A bronchoscope is a thin tube with a camera that allows us to see your airways as well as take tissue and mucus samples. This exam is often used to identify infections, lung spots, lung collapse, bleeding and airway narrowing.
We perform the fiber-optic bronchoscopy procedure at Walker Baptist Medical Center in the Special Procedures area. You will register at 2nd Floor- Admissions. Related lab work needs to be completed the day before the test at the 2nd Floor Lab. The Special Procedures staff will make your follow up appointment before you leave.
Nocturnal Pulse Oximetry
We use nocturnal pulse oximetry to measure the amount of oxygen in your blood. This is a simple, overnight test, during which a clip on your finger takes measurements through the night. Decreased oxygen levels in your blood may indicate sleep apnea.
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