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.
Pulmonologists are the medical professionals who are specialized in examining, diagnosing, and treating medical conditions and diseases related to the respiratory system. They deal with diseases like asthma, lung cancer, pneumonia, pleural effusion, and emphysema, etc.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Pulmonologist:
The subspecialties of Pulmonology include:
Following are the few out of many conditions treated by a Pulmonologist:
Following are the procedures done by a Pulmonologist to diagnose a pulmonological condition:
Tubes that carry air to and from lungs are bronchial tubes and inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes is bronchitis. So, individuals suffering from bronchitis can be diagnosed and treated by experienced Pulmonologists.
Yes, Pulmonologists can treat pneumonia with an appropriate treatment course and lifestyle modifications. Mild symptomatic pneumonia can be treated by a General Physician and if the symptoms last more than the usual period, one should consult a Pulmonologist.
One should consult a Pulmonologist if he/she is having any of the following symptoms: