Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine in Dubuque, Iowa
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the respiratory tract, primarily your lungs. Common lung disorders include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema, and lung cancers. Lung problems are frequently found in seriously ill patients so many pulmonary specialists also are involved in the care of critically ill patients.
Providers Specializing in Pulmonary Medicine
Common procedures performed by pulmonary medicine specialists include:
- Bronchoscopy - placing a special instrument with a camera on one end into your lungs through either the nose or mouth. If an abnormality is detected, a sample can be taken. Bronchoscopy is normally performed as an outpatient procedure at one of the Dubuque hospitals.
- Pulmonary Function Tests - to help your doctor determine if your symptoms are due to a problem with your respiratory system.
- Spirometry - involves blowing your air into a special instrument that measures the flow, volume and content of the air you exhale. Spirometry can be performed at either the hospital or right here in our office.
- Oximetry - measures the oxygen level in your blood and involves using a probe that attaches to your ear or finger to detect the oxygen levels. Sometimes this test is performed on a continuous basis overnight or it may be done before and after you exercise.
Our team at Grand River Medical Group is here to serve you. Let us know when we can assist you. If you have any questions or comments about any of our services, please let us know by calling 563-557-9111.