Pulmonology

Pulmonology

Pulmonology is a medical specialty that deals with diseases involving the respiratory tract.

A pulmonologist is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions involving the lungs and the respiratory tract. The various conditions he might be able to treat is pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD and lung fibrosis.

A pulmonologist uses procedures such as spirometry, bloodwork, chest X-rays, CT scans, bronchoscopies and sleep studies to diagnose chronic lung disease.

The main stay of treatment will be medical therapy. The pulmonologist at times will use various interventions to help in faster recovery. He will be aided by a respiratory therapist and during admission by an Intensivist if the patient is admitted in an ICU and is on mechanical ventilation.