Welcome to the Women's Respiratory Clinic at the U-M
Our team of health care professionals is dedicated to the care of female patients with respiratory disease, particularly those with smoking related lung diseases. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer and pulmonary complications of pregnancy such as asthma are a few examples of the different diseases we treat.
Did You Know?
Despite the fact that more and more women in this country are affected by respiratory illness, women frequently do not receive appropriate care. When compared to men-
Women with lung disease are less likely to receive appropriate studies such as pulmonary function testing.
Women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more likely to be misdiagnosed as having asthma.
Women are less likely to receive subspecialty referrals.
In addition, the unique biology of women must be considered in prescribing medications and treatment plans. For example, steroids are commonly prescribed for patients with asthma and COPD; however, women are at increased risk for osteoporosis which can be made worse by steroid use. For pregnant patients, physicians must be familiar with the safety profile of medications to be used during pregnancy. Our faculty and staff are aware of these issues specific to women with respiratory disease and have designed the Women's Respiratory Clinic program to target those needs.