Diseases affecting the lungs can be not only distressing for patients, but also an everyday obstacle for some individuals.Pulmonologists help patients suffering from diseases or conditions affecting the lungs.
Pulmonary medicine addresses lung conditions including tumors, interstitial disorders, and occupational disease. Some of the common illnesses treated by our pulmonary medicine physicians include:
- Pulmonary edema
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Sinus infections
- Lung infections
- Lung cancer
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Silicosis (also known as miner's asthma)
Pulmonologists frequently partner with Mount Nittany Medical Center's Radiology Department for X-rays to diagnose tumors, structural abnormalities and infectious processes.
Pulmonary function testing, a procedure also used in allergy testing, is a common diagnostic tool. It involves a patient sitting inside a special chamber, where they breathe in and out normally, take deep breaths and breathe out as fully as possible. A device called a spirometer can be used to test for conditions such as asthma.
Additionally, Mount Nittany Health's sleep labs are overseen by the Pulmonary Medicine Department.
Treatment for pulmonary conditions can include medication, pulmonary rehabilitation and surgery in some cases. If your physician determines that you need pulmonary rehabilitation, we will be happy to refer you to a local provider.
The American Cancer Society and the Pennsylvania Department of Health provide a free Quitline, offering smokers personal support and help in quitting smoking. If you have a smoking habit, take the first step towards improving your health by calling 877.724.1090.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that limit the flow of air into and out of the lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, most often caused by heavy, long-time cigarette smoking. COPD can also include chronic asthma.