Duke’s asthma specialists have years of experience treating children and adults with all types of asthma, ranging from mild to very severe. Our advanced training and skill with a variety of medical approaches enable us to help you control your asthma while also preventing and minimizing the severity of future attacks. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive care and to educate and empower you to manage your disease.
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To ensure the best treatment for your asthma, you may undergo one or more of the following tests:
Tests how your lungs function, including the volume and speed with which air is inhaled and exhaled.
Negative Inspiratory Force
Indicates the strength of your breathing muscles by measuring the greatest force that chest muscles can use to take in a breath.
Commonly used to measure total lung capacity and volume when the muscles of respiration are relaxed.
Lung Volume by Nitrogen Washout
Measures the nitrogen content in your lungs, which is used to evaluate the level of constriction in your airways. The test is performed by having you exhale into a one-way valve.
Determines your lungs’ ability to transport gas into and out of the blood.
Maximum Voluntary Ventilation
Measures the maximum amount of air that you can inhale and exhale within one minute.
Sighing (Slow) Vital Capacity
Measures the maximum amount of air you can expel from your lungs after sighing.
Images are taken of your lungs and other organs, including your heart, to look for underlying reasons for your asthma symptoms.
Methacholine Challenge Test
Confirms asthma diagnosis by testing how your lungs function after inhaling methacholine. If you have asthma, your lung function will decrease as your airways constrict.
A tube, or bronchoscope, is inserted through your nose or mouth to obtain an internal view of your airways. A biopsy taken from your lungs during the test can indicate what type of inflammation you have to determine the best treatment.
Our Expertise Offers Hope to Asthma Sufferers
Outstanding Coordinated Care
We pinpoint the underlying cause of your asthma symptoms and work with specialists throughout Duke to manage the conditions that may contribute to poor asthma control. That includes ear, nose, and throat specialists if your asthma is worsened by chronic sinusitis, allergists and immunologists if you have allergic rhinitis or immune deficiency, and sleep disorder experts if you have sleep apnea. We ensure you receive the best care across all of the appropriate specialties.
Personalized Approach to Asthma Care
The underlying cause of asthma can be different in each individual. We use advanced techniques to identify what type of inflammation you have in your lungs and tailor your treatment to your needs. We also give you access to omalizumab (Xolair) -- a targeted therapy for severe asthma that's only available at specialized centers like ours.
Leaders in Advancing Asthma Care
We were involved in the clinical trials that led to FDA approval of thermal bronchial thermoplasty to treat severe persistent asthma. We were one of the first centers in North Carolina to offer this technology.
Access to Clinical Trials
You may be eligible to participate in our clinical trials, which test new medications and therapies. We also study asthma at the cellular level in order to individualize treatments.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our pulmonology and lung surgery program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2020–2021.