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Lung Care

Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth

Helping you breathe easy

Healthy lungs are essential to your overall well-being. Here at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth we provide specialized, comprehensive lung care and management that can help you take control of your lung health. The physicians on our staff include pulmonologist who study and treat diseases of the lungs, airway and chest; and work with people with sleep disorders.

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Lung cancer screenings

Lung cancer screenings can help detect lung cancer before symptoms develop

Lung cancer screenings are offered at Baylor Scott & White locations to screen and diagnose lung cancer before symptoms develop. If you are at high risk for lung cancer, a screening can reduce the likelihood of developing lung cancer. Call our lung cancer patient navigator at 817.698.8479 with questions about screenings or to help navigating the system.

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Support for your journey

Our patient navigators can help manage your treatment and follow-up care

Conditions treated

The healthcare professionals at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth treat a wide range of lung conditions, from common diseases to complicated illnesses.

  • Acute and chronic pulmonary embolism
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Fungal infections of the lung
  • Granulomatous lung diseases
  • Hepatopulmonary syndrome
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleurisy
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary vascular disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tuberculous and nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease

Acute and chronic pulmonary embolism

A blockage in one or more blood vessel in the lung by a blood clot, air bubble or other debri. Symptoms include shortness of breath, sharp chest pain, a rapid heart rate and cough.

Asthma

A condition where an airway becomes swollen which makes it hard to breathe. Symptoms include wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing, and a tight feeling in the chest.

Bronchiectasis

A condition where lungs are damaged and have abnormally wide airways leading to excess mucus. Symptoms include a daily cough and large amounts of phlegm.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Incurable Lung disease with narrow, damaged airways making it hard to breathe. Symptoms include chronic cough, shortness of breath with activity, and wheezing.

Cystic fibrosis

A life-threatning disorder that is inhereinted and causes damage to the lungs and digestive system from a build up of phlegm. Patients are at high risk for lung infections.

Emphysema

A condition in which air sacs in the lungs are damaged, creating too large of airspaces that results in shortness of breath and fatigue.

Fungal infections of the lung

Valley fever, histoplasmosis, and aspergillosis each associated with different geographic locations.

Granulomatous lung diseases

An umbrella term used to describe a group of bacterial and fungal infectious conditions characterized by the creation of granulomas.

Hepatopulmonary syndrome

Most commonly seen along with liver disease in which oxygen levels are low and causes shortness of breath from enlarged blood vessels.

Interstitial lung disease

An umbrella term that is used to describe diseases that cause the lungs to scar. Scarring can result in stiffness in the lungs, making it hard to breathe and get oxygen to the bloodstream.

Lung cancer

The leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Non-small cell lung cancer accounts for most cases with the remainder being small cell lung cancer. Symptoms include cough with blood, chest pain, wheezing, and weight loss but do not typically appear until the cancer is advanced.

Pleurisy

Sharp or stabbing chest pain that worsens with deep breaths caused by conditions such as inflammation in the tissues surrounding the lungs and fluid or air trapping between the lung and rib cage.

Pneumonia

An infection in which the lungs are inflamed and may fill with fluid. Symptoms can include cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing.

Pulmonary fibrosis

A condition where air sacs in the lungs are damaged and result in thickened, stiff lung tissue making it more difficult to breath and causing a dry cough.

Pulmonary hypertension

A condition that causes high blood pressure within the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue and chest pain with activity.

Pulmonary vascular disease

A condition that affects the blood vessels between the heart and lung. A common symptom is shortness of breath.

Sarcoidosis

Small collections of inflammatory cells growing in different parts of the body, commonly the lungs. Symptoms include cough, weakness, trouble breathing and chest pain.

Sleep disorders

We offer a full range of up-to-date diagnostic and treatment procedures as part of our comprehensive care program to help you sleep through the night.

Smoking cessation

The process of quitting tobacco smoking. Success can be improved with the help from a clinician.

Tuberculosis

A bacterial infection mainly affecting the lungs. Symptoms are not common but do include cough, weight loss, night sweats, and fever.

Tuberculous and nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease

An umbrella term used to describe lung infections caused by mycobacteria, which is typically found in soil and water.

Thoracic surgery

Baylor Scott & White Health has thoracic surgeons on the medical staff who diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs, esophagus and diaphragm. They'll provide you with care in all aspects of general thoracic surgery, including minimally invasive and traditional open surgical procedures.

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Medical services

The healthcare professionals on staff at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth use the latest technology and procedures to diagnose and treat lung conditions.

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Endobronchial valve treatment
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Thoracic surgery

Bronchoscopy

A bronchoscopy is a test during which a physcian examines the patient's
airways by inserting a camera called a bronchoscope into the patients lungs. This camera transmits an image of the throat, larnx, trachea and lungs
to the physician.

Endobronchial ultrasound

Endobronchial ultrasound is a minimally invasive way of diagnosing lung disease that makes biopsy of lung and lymph node tissue without traditional surgery possible.

Endobronchial valve treatment

The valve is a small, umbrella shaped, one-way valve that is placed inside the airways of the diseased lung. The valve system redirects the air you breathe away from the areas most affected by your emphysema and toward the healthier areas of your lungs allowing you to breathe more easily.

Lung cancer screening

Baylor Scott & White Health's lung cancer screening program offers those at
high risk of developing lung cancer the opportunity to screen and diagnose lung cancer before symptoms develop through the use of a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan that takes less than five minutes.

Pulmonary function tests

PFTs are an evaluation consisting of many different tests that measure the
function of the lungs and diagnose various lung conditions.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Baylor Scott & White Health offers a pulmonary rehabilitation program that includes education, exercise and healthy lifestyle changes that is often part of a treatment plan for lung disease to build your fitness and make it easier to do your daily activities.

Sleep disorders

Help for sleep disorders is available at many Baylor Scott & White Health facilities. Our sleep programs are dedicated to alleviating symptoms and improving sleep patterns and daily life for people with problems sleeping. We offer a full range of up-to-date diagnostic and treatment procedures as part of our comprehensive care program to help you sleep through the night.

Thoracic surgery

Baylor Scott & White Health has thoracic surgeons on the medical staff who diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs, esophagus and diaphram. They'll provide you with care in all aspects of the general thoracic surgery, including minimally invasive and traditional open surgical procedures.

Pulmonary rehab

The healthcare professionals at the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program at the Carter Rehabilitation Center in Fort Worth will help you return to a normal lifestyle after a pulmonary event. We'll work with you to develop a healthy plan that includes physical activity, stress management and nutrition counseling.

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Pulmonary valves

Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth is one of the few hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that offers a minimally invasive treatment for emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This procedure uses a technique called navigational bronchoscopy, in which a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light and a small camera is inserted into the lungs through the patient's nose or mouth. the bronchoscope helps doctors position small valves that prevent air from becoming trapped in the diseased part of the lung. This allows more air to circulate in the healthy lung tissue, and helps patients breathe better. Patients also report that they're less fatigued, can exercise more, and are in overall better health.

Contact us to find out if you or your loved one is a good candidate for pulmonary valves.

Minimally invasive lung biopsy

 

Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth offers advanced lung biopsy that delivers a diagnosis more accurate than one obtained with imaging alone. The minimally invasive procedure, which targets difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, is done in an outpatient setting. Most patients report experiencing less pain and fewer complications than those who had needle biopsies.

This procedure is performed by a trained interventional pulmonologist and all biopsies are examined by expert pathologists.

Navigational lung biopsies can be used to examine:

  • Lung nodules
  • Tissues or masses
  • Suspicious lymph nodes
  • Infectious
  • Other lung abnormalities

Advanced Lung Disease Center

Our specialized lung care center offers diagnostic and treatment options to manage and treat acute and chronic respiratory and pulmonary disorders.

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