Swedish Pulmonology - Seattle
At Providence Swedish, we pride ourselves in providing patients with compassionate, high quality health care. Our pulmonologists diagnose and treat adults with complex lung and respiratory diseases.
At the First Hill Campus, we have pulmonologists with special interest and expertise in COPD, asthma, and lung cancer as well as interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension.
The LAM Foundation has designated Providence Swedish as one of just 19 LAM (Lymphangioleiomyomatosis) clinics in the nation. This designation is based on Providence Swedish’s ability to accurately diagnose and treat this rare lung disease and its many complications.
We value the relationships we have with our patients and encourage each patient to play an active role in disease prevention and management. Our team of pulmonologists brings outstanding medical care to Seattle and has a commitment to health equity.
With the help of sophisticated tests, including high resolution chest CT, pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, nuclear medicine studies, and bronchoscopies, we can diagnose a multitude of pulmonary conditions. Additionally, Providence Swedish pulmonologists provide inpatient pulmonary consultation and are board-certified in critical care medicine.
By working in collaboration with cardiologists, thoracic surgeons and interventional pulmonologists, rheumatologists, allergy immunologists, otolaryngologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, sleep physicians, and other specialized physicians, we are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of pulmonary and bronchial disorders.
Pulmonologists have expertise in a wide range of respiratory conditions including but not limited to:
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
- Autoimmune lung disease
- Chronic bronchitis
- Complications with AIDS
- Cystic fibrosis
- Drug-induced pneumonitis
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Eosinophilic lung disease
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Interstitial lung disease
- Inpatient pulmonary consultation
- Lung cancer
- Lung nodules
- Lymphangioleiomyomatosis LAM
- Non-tuberculous mycobacterial disease NTM
- Pleural effusions
- Pulmonary embolism
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Respiratory failure
- Unexplained hypoxia
Pulmonary function tests measure airflow, lung volumes, and how well oxygen diffuses into the blood. Additional testing can be performed to assess airway hyperresponsiveness and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing measures exercise capacity and can help determine the system that is limiting exercise, evaluate responses to treatment, monitor disease progression, and assess fitness for surgery.
Types of pulmonary function tests include:
- Lung volumes by plethysmography
- Diffusion capacity
- Methacholine provocation
- Exercise provocation
- Six minute walk simple exercise testing
- Arterial blood gas test (blood test for oxygenation and ventilation)
- Exhaled nitric oxide
- Cardiopulmonary exercise testing CPET
- Maximum Inspiratory Pressures/Maximum Expiratory Pressures
- Supine spirometry
- High altitude simulation testing HAST
- Shunt study
- Oxygen titration