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Lung Nodule Biopsy
Dr. Hitesh Batra, Director of the Interventional Pulmonology & Pleural Disease program at UAB Medicine, performs two bronchoscopies both of which are for lung nodules that are concerning for lung cancer. Both patients have had prior non-diagnostic bronchoscopies and are hoping for a definitive biopsy of the lung nodules.
Telehealth and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Alabama
Dr. Surya P. Bhatt, assistant professor and medical director of UAB Medicine's Remote Rehabilitation Program discusses a multidisciplinary management study that targets hospital readmissions of COPD, and how early pulmonary rehab and telehealth interventions can affect these trends and ultimately transfer revenue to the health system.
Evolving Paradigms in Critical Care
W. Steve Stigler, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, reviews evidence for managing acute hypoxemic respiratory failure non-invasively, reviews evidence for targeted "light" sedation in respiratory failure, and discusses potential roles for tele-critical care in a variety of ICU settings.
Extracorporeal Life Support in Advanced Lung Disease
Keith Wille, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, discusses extracorporeal support techniques including ECMO for respiratory failure, and how this treatment differs from other treatment options.
Supplemental Oxygen in Patients with COPD and Moderate Hypoxemia
Michael Wells, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, provides updates on treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and moderate hypoxemia, including the use of supplemental oxygen and long term oxygen therapy (LTOT).
Anti-Fibrotic Therapies for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Dr. Victor Thannickal, director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care at UAB Medicine, discusses diagnostic approaches for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and FDA-approved therapies such as Pirfenidone and Nintendanib, as well as emerging therapies.
COPD in the 21st Century
Mark Dransfield, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine, discusses the clinical and molecular phenotyping, current ongoing clinical trials, the heterogeneity of acute exacerbations, and the future of research in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
UAB Bronchial Thermoplasty Procedure
Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) is an FDA approved procedure for adult patients with severe asthma who remain poorly controlled despite compliance with medical therapy. BT employs heat, delivered by thin wires fed down the airway, to reduce the amount of excess smooth muscle in the airway. The procedure uses the Alair System, developed by Asthmatx Inc., which comprises a specially designed catheter and electrode array to deliver a precise amount of heat energy to the excess smooth muscle. The treatment is performed in three outpatient procedures, typically three weeks apart. This presentation features Mark T. Dransfield, MD, and Jennifer Trevor, MD, performing and providing step-by-step narration of a Bronchial Thermoplasty Procedure.
For more information on UAB's Bronchial Thermoplasty procedure, including consult and referral resources, click here.
At the 2013 UAB Pulmonary and Critical Care Update symposium, Victor J. Thannickal MD, and John C. Williams MD, lead a panel of clinicians through a review and discussion of a variety of real live cases. This scenario provides insight into the approaches these experienced clinicians use to evaluate, diagnose, and determine the course of therapy.
Risk Factors for COPD Exacerbations
Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) include increased dyspnea, cough, sputum production, and purulence. At the 2013 UAB Pulmonary and Critical Care Update symposium, J. Michael Wells MD, discusses risk factors for exacerbations, focusing on relative pulmonary artery enlargement.
Mark Dransfield MD, covers two major topics in this presentation from the 2013 UAB Pulmonary and Critical Care Update symposium. Bronchial thermoplasty offers help to those asthma patients who are unable to be adequately controlled despite available medications.
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