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Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

respiratory and sleep physiology | Assessment of respiratory symptoms and signs including | respiratory investigations |Respiratory emergencies:Severe pneumonia | pneumothorax | acute severe asthma | acute respiratory failure | pulmonary thrombo-embolism | acute upper respiratory obstruction/foreign body |Respiratory and non respiratory sleep disorders | Primary and secondary lung cancers |Mesothelioma and secondary pleural malignancy |Smoking-related chronic lung disease |Asthma |Interstitial lung disease |Infections pneumonia, bronchitis |Cystic fibrosis| Opportunistic infections in the immunocompromised |Tuberculosis |HIV-related pulmonary disease|Pulmonary vascular disease: pulmonary hypertension|Pulmonary thromboembolism |Pleural disease (exudate, transudate |Pulmonary involvement in systemic diseases:Sarcoid and other granulomatous conditions |Systemic connective tissue diseases and vasculitis |Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome | Lung transplantation |Occupational lung disease including:Occupational asthma, asbestos-related pleural and parenchymal disease (benign and malignant) |Interstitial lung disease from exposure to organic and inorganic dusts.

  • Understanding of basic respiratory and sleep physiology. top

exam questions

2003 paper one question 70

2004 paper one question 41

2004 paper one question 65


  • Assessment of respiratory symptoms and signs including: top
    • Distinction and assessment of non respiratory causes for dyspnoea, cough and chest pain
    • Investigation of haemoptysis
    • Aetiology, investigation and management of chronic cough.

    exam questions

    2004 paper two question 28


American Thoracic Society 1998 Dyspnea: Mechanisms, Assessment, and Management

Primary Care: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Cough
Irwin R. S., Madison J. M. N Engl J Med 2000; 343:1715-1721, Dec 7, 2000. Review Articles

  • Essential respiratory investigations including: top

Thoracic malignancy: top

Smoking-related chronic lung disease: top

Asthma: top

Interstitial lung disease: top

    Aetiologies and pathophysiology

    Diagnosis, investigations and management

    Understanding of hypersensitivity and other occupational factors

    Associations with extra-pulmonary disease.

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2004 paper two question 68 HRCT IPF


American Thoracic Society Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Diagnosis and Treatment 1999

Infections: top

HIV-related pulmonary disease: top

    Diagnosis, investigation and management of the spectrum of infections and non infectious manifestations.

Pulmonary vascular disease:

Pleural disease: top

    Distinction between and causes of exudates and transudates

    Benign and malignant disease processes-investigation and management.

    exam questions

    2003 paper one questions 31


    Pleural Effusion
    Light R. W. N Engl J Med 2002; 346:1971-1977, Jun 20, 2002. Clinical Practice

Pulmonary involvement in systemic diseases: top

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome:

    Pathophysiology and management.

Lung transplantation: top

Occupational lung disease including: top