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Pulmonology is a medical speciality that deals with diseases involving the respiratory tract which includes the lungs, upper airways, thoracic cavity, and chest wall. It is commonly known as Chest medicine or Respiratory medicine. Pulmonology is closely related to critical care medicine when dealing with patients who require mechanical ventilation.

Some of the Pulmonology related investigations and facilities that are available in our hospital are:

  • Investigation of blood (blood tests) including arterial blood gas measurements
  • Spirometry the determination of maximum airflow at a given lung volume as measured by breathing into a dedicated machine; this is the key test to diagnose airflow obstruction.
  • Pulmonary Function Tests spirometry, as above, plus response to bronchodilators, lung volumes, and diffusion capacity, the latter a measure of lung oxygen absorptive area
  • Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), endobronchial and transbronchial biopsy and epithelial brushing.
  • Chest X-rays
  • Ultrasound screening
  • Polysomnography (sleep studies) commonly used for the diagnosis of Sleep apnea
  • Quit Smoking
  • Avoid Exposure to Pollutants
  • Get Active
  • Physical activity improves overall health. Aerobic exercise, yoga and breathing exercise improves the lung capacity and lung function.
  • Prevent Infections
  • So, protect yourself by practicing good hygiene , washing your hands frequently
  • Vaccination
  • Protect yourself with vaccination against swine flu and pneumonia.

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