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OCH Huxford Clinic

OCH Huxford Clinic

The Huxford Clinic is a full-service practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the respiratory system.

Dr. Cameron Huxford is board-certified in critical care, pulmonary, internal, and sleep medicine, and is also a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. The clinic provides onsite diagnostic testing and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Lung Cancer
  • Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
  • Bronchiectasis (abnormally dialated airways)
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Chronic Cough (a cough lasting over 3 weeks)
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy and other sleep disorders

In addition to our pulmonary services, the OCH Huxford Clinic specializes in the evaluation of abnormal chest x-rays and occupational safety sleep evaluations in the evaluation of occupational pulmonary disorders such as asbestosis and silicosis.

While Dr. Huxford emphasizes rapid diagnosis and early initiation of treatment, he stresses the importance of long-term care and follow-up.

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307 Hospital Rd.
Starkville, MS 39759
(662) 615-3721
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon
Physician: Dr. Cameron Huxford

Chest X-Rays help detect the cause of common pulmonary symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain. It also helps diagnose lung conditions such as pneumonia, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in addition to monitoring treatment for these conditions.

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs) are a broad range of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently they transfer oxygen into the blood. PFTs are conducted to diagnose and manage asthma, COPD, interstitial lung diseases, and others. 

Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) test measures the acidity (pH) and the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood from an artery (usually the radial artery which is found in the wrist). This test is used to check how well your lungs are able to move oxygen into the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. It is typically done in conjunction with PFTs.

Alpha-one Antitrypsin (AAT) Genetic Testing - Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is an inherited disorder that may cause lung disease and liver disease. Affected individuals often develop emphysema, which is a lung disease caused by damage to the small air sacs in the lungs. A low level of AAT in blood indicates that the person tested may have alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. The lower the level of AAT, the greater the risk of developing emphysema. This test is a simple finger-prick test.

6-Minute Walk Testing (6MWT) is an easy to perform and practical test that has been used in the assessment of patients with a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases. It simply measures the distance that a patient can walk on a flat, hard surface in a period of 6 minutes.

Venous Blood Draws are used for routine lab testing.

1. I have a cough that has lasted for more than 3 weeks. Is this normal?

The most common causes of a chronic cough include:

  • Post-nasal drainage
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Certain type of blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors
  • Asthma

2. What are the most common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud and disruptive snoring
  • Witnessed breathing pauses while asleep (apneas)

Sleep apnea increases your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and sudden death. 

3. What vaccines are available for lung protection in patients with pulmonary disorders? 

  1. Influenza vaccine ("the flu shot")
  2. Pneumonia vaccine (Pneumovax 23 and Prevnar 13)

4. Is there a lung cancer screening test for current or past smokers?

Current and past smokers between the ages of 55-80 can benefit from having an annual CT scan of the chest (CAT scan) as a screening test for lung cancer.

5. What type of inhaler do I need?

Most patients with asthma or COPD need two types of inhalers, a maintenance inhaler and a rescue inhaler. 

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