Information for Patients

Contact or have your doctor's office contact our administrator at (205) 934 7557.

In order to complete your evaluation at UAB in a timely, efficient and comprehensive manner, please arrange for the following information to be sent to the ILD Program Office (ideally, before your appointment, so we will be able to review the data): 

1. Last Clinic Note or Referral letter (if available)

2. Previous pulmonary function tests (PFT's)

3. Chest X-rays and CT scans - upload films to a CD and attach reports

4. Lung biopsy slides and reports, if available

How do I know what to do and where to go?

We evaluate patients in the Pulmonary Clinic, located on the 4th floor of the Kirklin Clinic at UAB, on Tuesdays, from 1 pm to 5 pm (Drs. de Andrade, Luckhardt and Thannickal), on Mondays from 12 noon to 1 pm and Fridays from 1pm to 5 pm (Dr. Barney).

Before your appointment day, you will receive a package that will contain detailed information on your tests and appointments, as well as maps and information on lodging in the clinic area. The package will also contain the "UAB ILD Program New Patient Questionnaire". Please complete it and bring it with you on your visit day - it will help us make sure nothing is overlooked. If you have any questions or if some of the information does not appear to be clear, do not hesitate to call our office, 8 am - 5 pm, Central Time, Mondays through Fridays.

How long will my evaluation take?

Patients typically spend a full day in Birmingham for tests and the clinical evaluation with one of our staff physicians. The Kirklin Clinic has a retail center and restaurants located on the street level.

What procedures will the evaluation include?

Many tests are scheduled to occur just prior to you seeing one of our physicians. This assures that he or she will have as much data available to determine your diagnosis and the treatment. A typical "new patient" or "consultation" visit to one of our physicians will include: 

1. Comprehensive history and physical examination

2. Pulmonary Function Tests, which sometimes includes measurement of the arterial blood gases (blood sample taken from one artery for measurement of oxygen levels)

3. Rest and exercise oximetry during a "six-minute walk test"

4. High resolution CAT scan of the chest (an x-ray test)

5. Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart)

6. Blood tests

Will I be able to participate in any treatment trial or research protocol?

After the evaluation is finished, we will discuss with you any clinical trials for which you may qualify. Sometimes, this won't be possible until a few days later, after all data are reviewed carefully. Please contact our Clinical Research Coordinator (Ms. Tonja Meadows, RN) via phone: (205) 934 7557 or email: tmeadows@uab.edu for any questions about your potential eligibility for clinical trials in ILD, including IPF or Sarcoidosis.

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