Respiratory Patient Information

6 Minute Walk Test

A “6 minute walk” test is a simple procedure performed to give the doctor accurate information about your blood oxygen levels whilst you exercise.

Chest drain

A chest drain is a narrow tube that is inserted between the ribs and sits in the space between the lung and the chest wall.

Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA)

An EBUS is a procedure that allows the doctor to look into your lungs (similar to a bronchoscopy) but then to take samples of the glands in the centre of your chest (mediastinum) using the aid of an ultrasound scan. 

Exercise Induced Asthma Test

An exercise induced asthma test involves some simple breathing tests and exercising on a treadmill to assess whether this causes your airways to become narrower.

Hyperventilation Provocation Study

A hyperventilation provocation test is designed to assess your breathing pattern.

Indwelling Pleural Catheter (IPC)

An IPC is a soft, flexible, plastic tube which can be used to drain pleural fluid from the cavity between your lungs and rib cage (the pleural cavity).

Living with a Chronic Lung Condition

We cannot cure your breathlessness but we can teach you methods to control and improve it. Practising these simple techniques can improve the efficiency of breathing and reduce the sensation of being breathless.

Lung Function Tests (Breathing Tests)

A “lung function test” is a simple procedure performed to give the doctor accurate information about your breathing.

Mannitol challenge

Mannitol is a naturally occuring sugar. A “Mannitol challenge” test is a simple test that involves inhaling a fine mannitol powder, via an inhaler.

Medical thoracoscopy

A thoracoscopy is a routine procedure performed by respiratory doctors. It is a way of looking inside the space between your lungs and rib cage (the pleural cavity) with a camera.

Nintedanib

Nintedanib, also known as Ofev®, is an antifibrotic medication designed to try and slow the development of scarring (fibrosis) in the lungs. Nintedanib is not able to remove or reverse scarring that is already there.

Over Night Oximetry (Sleep Study)

“Over night oximetry” is a test designed to assess the level of oxygen in your body when you are asleep.

Pirfenidone

Pirfenidone, also known as Esbriet®, is an antifibrotic medication. Antifibrotics are designed to try and slow the development of scarring (fibrosis) in the lungs, they are not able to remove or reverse scarring that is already there.

Respiratory Patient Information