What is pulmonology?
Pulmonology is a medical specialty dedicated to the health of the respiratory system, which is made up of the organs that help you breathe. Asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cystic fibrosis and sleep apnea are among the common conditions treated by a pulmonologist. The nose, mouth, trachea, pharynx, larynx, bronchi and lungs are just a few of the many parts of the body crucial to respiratory health.
What is a pulmonologist?
A pulmonologist is a medical specialist trained to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the lungs and respiratory system. Pulmonologists can perform diagnostic tests such as chest fluoroscopy, bronchoscopy, pulmonary function test, pulse oximetry test and sleep studies. Pulmonologists can also perform surgical procedures such as a lobectomy or lung transplant.
When should you see a pulmonologist?
If you’re having any unusual symptoms, you should meet with your primary care doctor, who may refer you to a pulmonologist if you:
- have difficulty breathing
- have a persistent cough
- regularly cough up blood