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:
- Pleural effusions
- Pulmonary edema
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Sinus infections
- Lung infections
- Lung cancer
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Silicosis (also known as miner's asthma)
- Occupational lung disorders
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 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.
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.
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COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The airways in your lungs are blocked (obstructed). Because of this, breathing takes more effort. You may have started limiting your activities to avoid shortness of breath. Without treatment, you may not be able to do as much for yourself and need to rely more on others. This can make life less enjoyable. When Airways Are Blocked (Chronic Bronchitis or Chronic Asthma) When cells in the airways make more mucus than normal, blockages sometimes result. The mucus builds up, narrowing the airways. This means less air travels into and out of the lungs. The lining of the airways may also become inflamed (swollen), and the muscle surrounding the airways may constrict...