MBBS, DNB - Respiratory Diseases
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Dr. S Balamurugan is consultant in Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine with 16 years of experience.He has conducted 30 clinical trials in the field of Respiratory Medicine, Diabetology and Hypertension.
I had cough for long time for which I took lot of drugs but cough was there. He gave medicines for 1 week and my cough is decreased now.
Had chronic cough for 2 months. He diagnosed my problem ********* and gave medicines. I have no cough now.
I have diabetes for past 24 years which was not under control. After his treatment my sugar level is under good control. My HbA1C snow 6.1%
Understood my problem and gave perfect solution for that. Gave useful tips for TB management. Would definitely recommend.
Q: What is a Pulmonologist?
A: A doctor who is specialized in diagnosis and treatment of respiratory system diseases is called as pulmonologist. The respiratory system include the airway (all organs that carry air to lungs from body's outside environment), the lungs and the muscles for respiration.
Q: What type of respiratory problems can a Pulmonologist treat?
A: Pulmonologists can treat lung or airway inflammation, blocked lung airways, damage to lung alveoli and lung diseases occurred due to inhalation of dust chemical or smoking, genetic diseases of the lung like cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, asthma, bronchitis.
Q: When do you need to visit a Pulmonologist?
A: You should visit a pulmonologist if you are facing breathing difficulties, having cough from a long time, have blood or mucus in cough, sudden weight loss due to unknown reasons and have severe breathing problem while doing daily activities or exercising.
Q: What tests wil a Pulmonologist do for a check up?
A: Pulmonologists will perform different tests depending up on your problem. These may include CT scan, chest ultrasound, chest X-ray, pulse oximetry test, pleural biopsy, bronchoscopy (to examine airway), breathing test (pulmonary function test) to check functioning of lungs and sleep study to detect sleep disorder.
Q: What is the difference between a Pulmonologist and chest surgeon?
A: Pulmonologists will diagnose and treat respiratory system related disorders but if you are having a serious lung disease then you will be referred to chest surgeon to remove affected lung part or for a lung transplant.