- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Lung Cancer Screening
- Interventional Radiology
PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING
- Spirometry: Indications – symptomatic patient, abnl physical exam, abnormal imaging or SaO2, known pulm or neuromusc disorders.
- Two important measurements:
- FVC – max amount of air exhaled
- FEV1 – first second exhalation
- Spirometry alone can tell you alot – FEV1/FVC 70% or less – they’ve got obstruction; severity based on %FEV predicted.
- If FEV1/FVC > 80% – FVC % predicted suggests restriction or not (normal).
REVERSIBILITY WITH BRONCHODILATORS DOES NOT PROVE THE PRESENCE OF ASTHMA – Reversibility only tells us that there is reversibility. The only way to diagnose asthma is a methylcholine challenge.
- TLC < 80% – restriction; TLC > 120% – hyperinflation; TLC 80-100% normal.
- RV > 130% hyperinflation
- DLCO – measures CO from alve
- Measures diffusion of CO from alveoli to capillary hemoglobin; CO used because of its high affinity for hgb.
- Pitfalls: fingersticks is often wrong; if low hgb, may be wrong.
- DLCO < 80% – abnormally low
- DO NOT ORDER PFTs in HOSPITALIZED SICK PATIENTS!
LUNG CANCER SCREENING
- 55-74 yo
- At least a 30-pack-year history, current or former smoker (quit in the last 15 years)
- No symptoms concerning for lung CA (hemoptysis, weight loss).
- NLST Study: 20% RRR in lung cancer mortality with annual screening; performs better than mammography, better than PSA screening.
- The radiation dose with LDCT is about 1/5 that of a normal CT.
- If we order it (PCPs) – we have to document informed consent including chance of finding benign nodules that need follow-up; smoking cessation counseling; must be tracked.
- Referral to Lung and Sleep Center – meets with NP, patient reviewed to ensure criteria met, education done, tracked.
- SMH is the only ACR-accredited medical center doing LDCT screening.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY THORACIC ONCOLOGY CONFERENCE
Meets every Tuesday at noon at the Pavilion
- Pulm, thoracic surg, med onc, rad onc, radiology, pathology, support staff
- Consensus agreement for diagnostic and treatment plans
- Endobronchial ultrasound: can see structures next to the airway walls or distally.
- Outpatient procedure, 60-90 min, conscious sedation and local anesthesia, real-time imaging with sampling.
- Can get to more nodal stations than old mediastinoscopy
- Navigational bronch – CT-based 3D mapping of the thoracic organs; CT mapping done immediately prior to the bronchoscopy
- Therapeutic bronchoscopy: FB removal, resolving obstruction (malignant and non-malignant), post-intubation tracheal stenosis (usu 3-4 mos after intubation), etc.
- Done with rigid bronchoscopy – pt is ventilated
- Lung volume reduction therapy
- Rad onc procedures – brachytherapy, placing markers, etc.
- Lung volume reduction procedures with coils or one-way valves
- Fistula therapies – resolving fistulae with stents and sealants
- Thoracentesis, tunneled pleural catheters (recurrent pleural effusion, end-stage HF, liver failure) – has taken the place of standard talc pleurodesis. If you’ve had to tap a patient 3x, think of a tunneled catheter.
- Chest tube placement (PTX, pleural effusions, empyema)
Dr Ellen Volker – pager 3320; cell 801-503-7022
Sees clinic pts in the AM, procedures in the PM; Thurs in the OR.
- from UpToDate, 2016, via Dr Volker lecture