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respiratory therapist (RT)
allied health professional who administers respiratory therapy treatments
adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
respiratory failure associated with a variety of acute conditions that directly or indirectly injure the lung
spasm or swelling of the mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes resulting in wheezing and difficulty in breathing
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
a progressive and irreversible condition characterized by diminished lung capacity
cystic fibrosis (CF)
a hereditary disorder characterized by excess mucus production in the respiratory tract
obstructive sleep apnea
temporary absence of breathing during sleep due to repetitive pharyngeal collapse
a highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by coughing and a loud whooping on inspiration; commonly called whooping cough
any disease of the lung by chronic inhalation of dust, usually mineral dusts of occupational or environmental origin
arterial blood gases (ABG)
examination of arterial blood to determine blood levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases
a nuclear medicine study used to detect abnormalities related to air or blood flow to the lungs
perfusion (lung) scan
a nuclear medicine study used to detect areas of inadequate blood flow to the lung
pulmonary function tests (PFTs)
a group of tests designed to measure respiratory function and identify abnormalities
ventilation (lung) scan
a nuclear medicine study used to detect areas of inadequate air flow to the lungs
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