R. Steven Tharratt MD FACP FCCP


Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a chronic and progressive disease, usually diagnosed in childhood, that causes mucus to become thick and sticky. The mucus builds up and clogs passages in the lungs, pancreas, and many other organs in the body. In the lungs, cystic fibrosis causes respiratory problems when thicker-than-normal mucus…

Pneumonia

Top of the pagePneumoniaPneumonia is a lung infection that can make you very sick. You may cough, run a fever, and have a hard time breathing. It can usually be treated at home, but some people need to go to the hospital.Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria or a virus....

Bronquitis crónica

En la bronquitis crónica, la exposición al humo del tabaco y a otros irritantes del pulmón puede conducir con el tiempo a la inflamación de las vías respiratorias que llevan aire a los pulmones (bronquios). Como resultado, las vías respiratorias producen más mucosidad de lo normal. La inflamación y la mucosidad…

Tuberculin Skin Test

A tuberculin skin test (also called a Mantoux tuberculin test) is done to see if you have ever been exposed to tuberculosis (TB). The test is done by putting a small amount of TB protein ( antigens ) under the top layer of skin on your inner forearm. If you have ever been exposed to the TB bacteria ( Mycobacterium…

Healthcare-Associated Pneumonia (Nosocomial Pneumonia)

What is healthcare-associated pneumonia? Healthcare-associated pneumonia (nosocomial pneumonia) is pneumonia that you get when you are in a hospital or nursing home. Experts generally consider it a more serious illness than pneumonia that people get in daily life (community-associated pneumonia). This is because the…