Pulmonary Medicine

May 15, 2009 Issue
Latent Tuberculosis Infection: The Physician's Role in Tuberculosis Control [Editorials]

Jan 15, 2008 Issue
ACCP and AACVPR Release Evidence-Based Guidelines on Pulmonary Rehabilitation [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) has released pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines that update the recommendations published in 1997 and examine new areas of research.

May 1, 2007 Issue
Pleurisy [Article]

Pleuritic chest pain is a common presenting symptom and has many causes, which range from life-threatening to benign, self-limited conditions. Pulmonary embolism is the most common potentially life-threatening cause, found in 5 to 20 percent of patients who present to the emergency department with p...

Mar 1, 2007 Issue
Asbestos-Related Lung Disease [Article]

The inhalation of asbestos fibers may lead to a number of respiratory diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural plaques, benign pleural effusion, and malignant mesothelioma. Although exposure is now regulated, patients continue to present with these diseases because of the long latent per...

Jan 1, 2007 Issue
Humidified Air for Croup? [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Available data do not support a clinically important benefit of humidified air for symptomatic treatment of children with croup. However, it does not appear to be harmful.

Apr 1, 2006 Issue
Diagnostic Approach to Pleural Effusion in Adults [Article]

The first step in the evaluation of patients with pleural effusion is to determine whether the effusion is a transudate or an exudate. An exudative effusion is diagnosed if the patient meets Light's criteria. The serum to pleural fluid protein or albumin gradients may help better categorize the occa...

Nov 1, 2005 Issue
Corticosteroids for Pulmonary Sarcoidosis [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Patients who take oral corticosteroids are more likely to show improvement in their chest radiographs than those taking placebo, although improvements in symptoms and lung function are less certain. The typical dosage used in randomized trials was 20 mg daily or 40 mg every two days tapered over several months.

Oct 1, 2005 Issue
Hemoptysis: Diagnosis and Management [Article]

Hemoptysis is the spitting of blood that originated in the lungs or bronchial tubes. The patient's history should help determine the amount of blood and differentiate between hemoptysis, pseudohemoptysis, and hematemesis. A focused physical examination can lead to the diagnosis in most cases. In chi...

Sep 1, 2005 Issue
ACCP and ACAAI Release Guidelines on Inhaled Aerosol Therapy for Patients with Pulmonary Disease [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (ACAAI) have released recommendations to guide physicians in choosing aerosol devices and drug formulations for patients with pulmonary disease.

Apr 15, 2005 Issue
CDC Releases Recommendations for State Newborn Screening Programs for Cystic Fibrosis [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations on the screening of newborns for cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is the second most common life-shortening, childhood-onset inherited disorder in the United States, behind sickle cell disease.

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