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West Coast Pulmonary Physicians, Inc.                                                 Sunset Sleep Disorder Center of Oxnard
1910 Outlet Center Drive, Oxnard, CA 93036
Phone # (805) 485-2400              Fax # (805) 485-2455              Sleep Center # (888) 444-0411


Pulmonary Medicine

Pulmonary Medicine is the sub-specialty of Internal Medicine that deals with the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases affecting the lungs and respiratory tract. A pulmonologist evaluates patients with breathlessness, cough, wheezing, and chest tightness, as well as abnormalities found in chest x-rays, chest CT scans and other chest imaging studies.

An initial visit to the pulmonologist includes a review of the patient’s medical history and pulmonary symptoms followed by a detailed physical examination. After careful review of all available information, including prior laboratory or imaging studies, the pulmonologist renders a preliminary opinion as to what disease processes may be present. Further diagnostic testing may be ordered and treatment recommendations are made. Usually follow-up visits are required to review the results of diagnostic testing and to assess the response to therapies. The pulmonologist works closely with the patient’s primary care provider for optimal management of the patient’s disease.

Common Pulmonary Diseases

Common Pulmonary Tests

Common Pulmonary Procedures

Pulmonary Medications

Corticosteroid Inhalers
  • AeroBid/Azmacort/Beclovent/Flovent/Pulmicort/Vanceril
Leukotriene Modifiers Tablets
  • Singulair/Accolate/Zyflo
Long-Acting Bronchodilators Inhaler (beta-agonist type)
  • Foradil/Serevent
Non-steroidal Inhalers
  • Intal/Tilade
Oral Anticoagulants
  • Coumadin
Oral Corticosteroid Tablets
  • Prednisone/Medrol
Short-Acting Bronchodilator Inhaler (anti-cholinergic type)
  • Atrovent
Short-Acting Bronchodilator Inhaler (beta-agonist type)
  • Alpuent/Brethaire/Maxair/Metaprel/Proventil/Tornalate/Ventolin/Xopenex
Theophylline Oral Tablets
  • Many trade names