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The study and treatment of diseases that involve the respiratory tract fall under a branch of internal medicine known as pulmonology. A pulmonologist is a doctor who is specially trained in treating conditions associated with the chest such as tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, and complicated chest infections.
Who is a pulmonologist?
A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of diseases of the respiratory tract which includes the lungs, airways (mouth, nose, pharynx, larynx, and trachea), and respiratory muscles.
What do pulmonologists do?
Pulmonologists are trained to diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent respiratory diseases. They have a broad understanding of the impact that respiratory diseases have on other interconnected organ systems and treat a wide range of respiratory diseases and disorders including asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, and COPD.
How to consult a pulmonologist online?
To consult a pulmonologist online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘pulmonology’ in the search bar to find a list of pulmonologists, along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with a pulmonologist.
Does a pulmonologist treat all kinds of lungs and breathing-related problems?
Yes, pulmonologists treat all kinds of respiratory problems. They serve as the sole specialist for the treatment of certain conditions. These treatments may also involve a primary care physician, oncologist, rheumatologist, thoracic surgeon, cardiologist, geneticist, allergist, respiratory therapist, and critical care specialist.
When should I consult a pulmonologist?
You must consult a pulmonologist if you suffer from lung conditions such as asthma, lung cancer, sleep apnea, tuberculosis, and pulmonary hypertension.
What do we call a pulmonologist in simple words?
Pulmonologists are simply ‘lung doctors’ who treat patients suffering from breathing and lung problems. They are also sometimes known as respiratory medicine doctors.
Can I consult with a pulmonary doctor anytime?
Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult pulmonologists any time. Our pulmonologists are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.
How do I choose the best pulmonary doctors in India?
Apollo 24/7 has the best pulmonologists in India who are available round-the-clock to offer you an online consultation. All our doctors are highly-qualified and experienced to ensure that all your health conditions are taken care.
Does video consultation available with all pulmonologists?
Yes, all pulmonologists on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.
Can a pulmonologist perform surgeries on the lungs or any other respiratory organs?
Pulmonologists do not usually perform any surgical procedures. Instead, they will prescribe medications and therapies to treat respiratory disorders. However, on rare occasions, pulmonologists may perform surgical biopsies. A surgical biopsy is the removal of tissue from a mass or lump to examine under a microscope.
Which organs comprise the respiratory system and can a pulmonologist treat all disorders of the respiratory system?
The organs comprising the respiratory system are the mouth, lungs, nasal cavity, throat, trachea, alveoli, voice box, bronchi, and bronchioles. Yes, a pulmonologist can treat all the disorders associated with the respiratory system. "
What kind of tests can a pulmonologist recommend?
A pulmonologist may recommend imaging tests based on your symptoms and condition. Some of the imaging tests are – chest X-rays (to monitor overall lung health), chest CT scans (to check for signs of lung cancer, emphysema, etc.), bronchoscopy (to examine airways), and chest ultrasound (to study pleural space and space inside the chest).
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