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1. What is a Pulmonologist?
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.
2. What type of respiratory problems can a Pulmonologist treat?
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.
3. When do you need to visit a Pulmonologist?
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.
4. What tests wil a Pulmonologist do for a check up?
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.
5. What is the difference between a Pulmonologist and chest surgeon?
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.
The Pulmonologists in Chennai are also known as Respiratory Physicians, and they specialise in the treatment of the different diseases related to the pulmonary system of human beings. To become a Pulmonologist in India, one needs to complete a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, followed by a three-year postgraduate degree in Pulmonology. The specialists first listen to a detailed medical history of the patient and then recommend some confirmatory diagnostic tests like Bronchoscopy, Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) or chest X-ray for the detection and treatment of the diseases.
It is necessary to visit the Pulmonologists in Chennai at least once a year for the conduction of the routine checkups like chest X-rays, and PFT of the lungs. It helps you to understand the efficiency of the lungs and the detection of any anomalies present in the respiratory tract.
Besides, there are certain medical conditions like bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, tuberculosis, and obstructive sleep apnea which require timely diagnosis and immediate management, so that the infection does not become severe. So, whenever you experience symptoms like a chronic cough, breathing difficulties, wheezing, chest tightness, and sleeping problems, it is better to make an appointment with the Pulmonologists in Chennai and manage the situation as early as possible.
The specialists of Pulmonology in Chennai include interstitial lung disease, lung transplantation, asthma, obstructive lung disease, tuberculosis, neuromuscular disease, and sleep disorder specialists.
The consultation fees and the charges for the treatment procedures in Chennai vary from clinic to clinic. Dr Prasanna Kumar Thomas of K. K. Nagar West charges around INR 300-350 as the consultation fee. The Pulmonologists in the Dhanvanthri Clinic, Saligramam have a consultation fee of approximately INR 300.
Detailed below are the top five treatment procedures employed by the Pulmonologists in Chennai.
Pulmonary Function Test
It is one of the most significant tests of Pulmonology where the specialists determine the efficiency of your lungs.
It is an endoscopic technique which helps the pulmonologists to observe and detect the anomalies present within the tissues of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract.
Here the Pulmonologists surgically or endoscopically remove a part of a tumour in the lungs for further cytological investigation.
It is a temporary or permanents procedure where the specialists create an opening in the trachea and insert a pipe for allowing air to enter the lungs.
It is a state-of-the-art diagnostic test which helps the doctors to understand the changes occurring in the patient’s body when they sleep.
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