Respiratory Medicine

Respiratory Medicine

Chest Medicine / Breathing disorders

Respiratory medicine is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases of the airway and lungs, their linings and blood vessels, and the muscles and nerves required for breathing (see Respiratory disease areas below).

Respiratory medicine is a subspecialty of internal medicine, encompassing diseases of the respiratory system, including the upper airway, the lungs, the chest wall, and the ventilatory control system. It incorporates knowledge of the normal and disordered respiratory structure and function, clinical respiratory diseases, and the specialized diagnostic techniques, tests, and procedures employed in clinical assessment. The importance of the specialty’s role within both the medical profession and the broader community is recognized through the increasing need for respiratory services as a result of a growth in the incidence and prevalence of respiratory-related diseases within our population. Advances in respiratory medicine have been at the forefront of improvements in health over the last century. In particular, control of tuberculosis was a major milestone in public health in developed countries. Recognition of appropriate dust control measures in a working environment has almost eradicated the incidence of the pneumoconioses in Australasia, although they remain a problem worldwide. Respiratory medicine has also been at the forefront of the understanding of the molecular basis of disease, particularly in relation to asthma, cystic fibrosis, and lung cancer. Respiratory disorders include a wide range of pathology, giving ample opportunity for an intellectual challenge, the satisfaction of improving the health of others, as well as subspecialization if desired.

A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the respiratory system. From the windpipe to the lungs, if your complaint involves the lungs or any part of the respiratory system, a pulmonologist is the doc you want to solve the problem. Pulmonology is a medical field of study within internal medicine.

When does the Pulmonologist second opinion makes sense?

  1. Pulmonologist's second opinion makes sense when your doctor doesn’t have the required specialist knowledge for your condition.
  2. The Pulmonologist's second opinion makes sense when various doctors have given you different recommendations and you need help making a decision.
  3. The pulmonologist's second opinion makes sense when you haven’t received a clear diagnosis or therapy recommendation.
  4. The Pulmonologist's second opinion makes sense when your doctor has recommended a major operation and you want to make sure that it’s the best way to help you.
  5. Pulmonologist's second opinion makes sense when you feel that you haven’t been given enough information about your planned treatment.
  6. The Pulmonologist's second opinion makes sense when the suggested treatment promises no significant improvement to your condition.
  7. Pulmonologist's second opinion makes sense when you want to find out if there are other treatment options you can pursue.

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