MBBS, MD - Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases / Pulmonary Medicine
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I am a Pulmonologist/Chest physician specialising in all lung disorders and disease like Asthma, Allergy, COPD, Lung Cancer, Viral lung Infections, Pneumonia, ILD and others.
Q: What is a Pulmonologist?
A: A pulmonologist is a medical professional who specialize in diagnosing and treating lung-related conditions.
Q: What type of respiratory problems can a Pulmonologist treat?
A: Pulmonologists treat the following respiratory conditions: • Asthma • Bronchitis • Pulmonary hypertension • Emphysema • Lung cancer • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease • Cystic fibrosis • Tuberculosis • Obstructive sleep apnea
Q: When do you need to visit a Pulmonologist?
A: You should visit a pulmonologist when you experience the following symptoms: • Problems in exercising due to difficulty in breathing • Unexplained weight loss with cough since over 4 weeks • A persistent cough • Smoking habit • Bloody mucus with pus • Shortness of breath
Q: What tests wil a Pulmonologist do for a check up?
A: Pulmonologists typically recommend pulmonary function tests or PFTs. They are a group of tests which generally include spirometry, lung volume tests, arterial blood gas test, lung diffusion capacity, and pulse oximetry estimates. They might even order a chest X-ray or CT scan, based on your individual needs.
Q: What is the difference between a Pulmonologist and chest surgeon?
A: Chest surgeons perform surgical procedures on the lungs and heart. Pulmonologists may perform specialized procedures to obtain samples from the lung or chest but do not perform surgeries.e.g. bronchoscopy