Pulmonology

A medical specialty which addresses the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of various diseases affecting the lungs and respiratory system

Common symptoms for which pulmonology consultation is required:

Cough, wheezing, chest tightness or congestion, breathing difficulty, spitting out blood, yellowish sputum, smoking related chest symptoms

Specific diseases or aspects addressed by the specialty

DEPARTMENT OF PULMONOLOGY – SERVICES

  1. Pulmonary function tests – for diagnosis and monitoring various pulmonary diseases

  1. Allergic Skin Prick Test
  1. Sleep study (Polysomnography) and cPAP titration

  1. Pleural aspiration (Thoracocentesis) – diagnostic

  2. FNAC of cervical LN

  3. Fibreoptic bronchoscopy

Thoracic ultrasound

THERAPEUTIC

  1. Intercostal drainage for pleural effusion and pneumothorax

  2. Therapeutic bronchoscopy for secretion clearance and selected cases of airway foreign body removal

  3. Nebulised medication administration (Bronchodilators, antibiotics) for COPD or asthma exacerbations

  4. Non invasive ventilator support for acute respiratory distress/failure due to various causes

  5. Invasive ventilation

  6. Facilities for oxygen therapy including home oxygen therapy for patients with chronic respiratory failure

Specialty clinics


Respiratory emergencies

With the support of an excellent critical care team and well equipped Intensive care unit, provides state-of-the art management for all respiratory emergencies including the following:

 

This center provides special investigation facilities such as Pulmonary Function Tests for reversible airway obstruction, diffusing capacity of lungs, arterial blood gas analysis etc.

Videobronchoscopy helps in visualizing the respiratory passages down to small divisions and is used to take tissue samples, washings, biopsy etc. from suspected areas of the lungs. Transbronchoscopic needle aspiration and lung biopsies under fluoroscopic guidance can be done when required. With good radiological & imaging support, ultra sound guidance and C.T Guided aspirations, biopsies are carried out for diagnosis of pleural diseases. With Interventional Radiology facilities selective brochial artery embolisation can be carried out for severe haemoptysis (bleeding from respiratory passages).

Doctors

1. Dr. Harilakshmanan Consultant – Pulmonary Medicine
2. Dr. Midhun M Sr. Registrar