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  • Acute Bronchitis

    Acute Bronchitis Click Image to Enlarge What is acute bronchitis? Bronchitis is an inflammation of the breathing tubes (airways) that are called bronchi, which causes increased production of mucus an...

  • Anatomy of the Respiratory System

    Anatomy of the Respiratory System What is respiration? Respiration is the act of breathing: Inhaling (inspiration). The act of breathing in oxygen. Exhaling (expiration). The act of breathing out car...

  • Asthma

    Asthma Click Image to Enlarge What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease involving recurrent breathing problems. The characteristics of asthma are three airway problems: Obstructi...

  • Chronic Bronchitis

    Chronic Bronchitis Respiratory System - Click to Enlarge What is chronic bronchitis? Chronic bronchitis means long-term inflammation of the bronchi, which results in increased production of mucus, as...

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) Several types of lung diseases or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. L...

  • Cystic Fibrosis

    Cystic Fibrosis Click Image to Enlarge What is cystic fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease characterized by an abnormality in the glands that produce sweat and mucus. Due to improve...

  • Glossary - Respiratory Disorders

    Glossary - Respiratory Disorders | A | | B | | C | | D | | E | | F | | G | | H | | I | | J | | K | | L | | M | | N | | O | | P | | Q | | R | | S | | T | | U | | V | | W | | X | | Y | | Z | A [return ...

  • Home Page - Respiratory Disorders

    Topic Index Anatomy of the Respiratory System Signs of Respiratory Distress Spirometers Inhalers and Nebulizers Upper Respiratory Infections Lung Diseases and Disorders Lung Cancer Pulmonary Rehabili...

  • Influenza (Flu)

    Influenza (Flu) What is influenza (flu)? Influenza (or flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory tract infection. An estimated 5 to 20 percent of people in the U.S. get influenza each year. Influ...

  • Inhalers and Nebulizers

    Inhalers and Nebulizers Several types of inhalation devices, or inhalers, are used in the treatment of asthma and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, such as emphysema. Inhalers are often e...

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia What is insomnia? If you experience difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or enjoying a restful night's sleep, you may be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is defined as the perception ...

  • Interstitial Lung Disease (Pulmonary Fibrosis)

    Interstitial Lung Disease (Pulmonary Fibrosis) Click Image to Enlarge What are interstitial lung diseases? Interstitial lung disease, or ILD, is a common term that includes more than 100 chronic lung...

  • Lung Cancer

    Lung Cancer Respiratory System - Click to Enlarge What is lung cancer? Lung cancer is cancer that usually starts in the lining of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs), but can also begin in ot...

  • Lung Disorders and Diseases

    Lung Disorders and Diseases Many types of lung problems require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we ...

  • Narcolepsy

    Narcolepsy What is narcolepsy? Narcolepsy is a chronic, neurological sleep disorder with no known cause. It involves the body's central nervous system. Narcolepsy is a genetic disorder, and is caused...

  • Occupational Lung Diseases

    Occupational Lung Diseases What are occupational lung diseases? Repeated and long-term exposure to certain irritants on the job can lead to an array of lung diseases that may have lasting effects, ev...

  • Online Resources - Respiratory Disorders

    Online Resources - Respiratory Disorders This Web was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professional med...

  • Overview of Sleep Problems

    Overview of Sleep Problems Why is sleep important? Sleep is not just resting or taking a break from busy routines. It is essential to physical and emotional health. Adequate sleep may also play a rol...

  • Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis

    Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis Click Image to Enlarge What are pharyngitis and tonsillitis? Pharyngitis and tonsillitis are infections in the throat that cause inflammation. If the tonsils are primarily...

  • Pneumonia

    Pneumonia Respiratory System - Click to Enlarge What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection of one or both of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or chemical irritants. It is a serious inf...

  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension

    Primary Pulmonary Hypertension What is primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH)? Pulmonary hypertension is a lung disorder in which the blood pressure in the pulmonary artery rises far above normal level...

  • Pulmonary Embolism

    Pulmonary Embolism What is a pulmonary embolism? A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot that develops in a blood vessel elsewhere in the body (most commonly from the leg), travels to an artery in ...

  • Pulmonary Emphysema

    Pulmonary Emphysema Healthy Bronchiole and Alveoli - Click to Enlarge What is pulmonary emphysema? Emphysema is a chronic lung condition in which the alveoli, or air sacs, may be: Destroyed Narrowed ...

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    Pulmonary Rehabilitation What is pulmonary rehabilitation? Pulmonary rehabilitation is a doctor-supervised program for people who have chronic lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic obstructive...

  • Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

    Pulmonary Sarcoidosis Click Image to Enlarge What is sarcoidosis? Sarcoidosis is a rare disease that results from inflammation. Currently, the cause is unknown. It usually develops between 20 and 40 ...

  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

    Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) What is RLS? Restless legs syndrome is a sleep disorder in which a person experiences unpleasant sensations in the legs, which are described as: Creeping Crawling Tinglin...

  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

    Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Click Image to Enlarge What is SARS? Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a rapidly spreading, potentially fatal infectious viral disease. According to...

  • Signs of Respiratory Distress

    Signs of Respiratory Distress Learning the signs of respiratory distress People having difficulty breathing often show signs that they are not getting enough oxygen, indicating respiratory distress. ...

  • Sinusitis

    Sinusitis What are sinuses? Click Image to Enlarge The sinuses are cavities, or air-filled pockets, that are near the nasal passage. The sinuses make mucus, which is a fluid that cleans the bacteria ...

  • Sleep Apnea

    Sleep Apnea What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that is far more common than generally understood. Sleep apnea occurs in all age groups and both gend...

  • Sleep Problems

    Sleep Problems Several types of sleep problems require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of these conditions, for which we have pr...

  • Smoking and Respiratory Diseases

    Smoking and Respiratory Diseases Facts about smoking and respiratory diseases According to the CDC, diseases caused by smoking kill more than 443,000 people in the U.S. each year. In fact, smoking is...

  • Spirometers

    Spirometers What is a spirometer? A spirometer is a device used by your doctor that assesses lung function. Click to Enlarge Spirometry, the evaluation of lung function with a spirometer, is one of t...

  • Topic Index - Respiratory Disorders

    Topic Index - Respiratory Disorders Respiratory Disorders Home Anatomy of the Respiratory System Signs of Respiratory Distress Spirometers Inhalers and Nebulizers Upper Respiratory Infections Common ...

  • Tuberculosis (TB)

    Tuberculosis (TB) Click Image to Enlarge What is tuberculosis? Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic bacterial infection that usually infects the lungs, although other organs such as the kidneys, spine, or ...

  • Upper Respiratory Infections

    Upper Respiratory Infections Several upper respiratory infections require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for...