Pulmonology

Aster Hospital is one of the best pulmonology hospital, which is dedicated to providing comprehensive medical care. We offer evidence-based, multidisciplinary treatment for conditions such as asthma, COPD, cancers of the airways and lungs, lung infections, sleep apnea, ARDS and respiratory failure. The department of pulmonology consists of a lung specialist, pulmonologists, critical care experts, thoracic surgeons, radiologists. They are well supported by speciality nurses and respiratory therapists. The team has years of experience in performing special procedures related to interventional pulmonology (for ailments of the central airways), interventional bronchoscopy (for diagnosis of airway disorders) and transbronchial needle aspiration (for mediastinal disorders). Our diagnostic unit at the department of pulmonology offers a variety of advanced tests, such as sleep study, diagnostic pleural fluid aspiration, pleural biopsy, medical thoracoscopy. It’s fully equipped with modern respiratory diagnostics and treatment instruments, such as a paediatric flexible bronchoscope, rigid thoracoscopy, and bronchoscopy, portable adult bronchoscope; snare, cautery, and laser for endobronchial resection.

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Well equipped with the latest medical equipment, modern technology & infrastructure, Aster Hospital is one of the best hospitals in India.

Diagnostic for Pulmonology

Bronchoscopy
Thoracoscopy
Chest ultrasound
Chest x-rays
Lung scan
Lung biopsy
Pulmonary angiogram
Pulmonary function tests (PFT)
Spirometry
Pleural fluid aspiration
Transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA)
Transbronchial lung biopsy (TBLB)
Pulse oximetry
Peak flow measurement
Sleep study

Pulmonory function test(P.F.T.)

Pulmonary function tests are a group of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move gases such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body’s circulation.

ECMO

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in treating severe refractory respiratory failure due to various lung diseases especially severe pneumonia.

Pulmonilogy Outpatient Services

Outpatient Consultation
Dedicated Clinics for: Asthma, COPD, Obstructive sleep apnoea, Obesity hypoventilation syndrome, Chronic respiratory or ventilatory failure (including home oxygen therapy and non-invasive ventilation), Suppurative lung diseases, Tuberculosis, Interstitial lungdiseases, Pulmonary hypertension (including pulmonary vascular diseases), Respiratory allergic disorders
Fast-track clinics for suspected thoracic malignancies.
Smoking cessation clinics
Executive health check ups

In Patient Services

Management of all acute respiratory admissions
Providing joint care with intensivists for respiratory patients intubated and managed in the intensive care unit.
Non-invasive ventilation and CPAP therapy
Management of patients with haemoptysis in collaboration with Interventional Radiologist if Bronchial Artery Embolization is planned or Thoracic Surgeon if operative intervention is required
Attending to inter-departmental referrals
Assessment of fitness for surgery

Diagnostic Services

Routine spirometry
Full lung function tests
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (TBC)
Limited sleep studies
Polysomnography
6 minute walk test
Flight assessment to assess fitness for flying (TBC)
Thoracic Ultrasound and Thoracocentesis
Lung and Pleural biopsy
Bronchoscopy

Faqs

Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a common respiratory disorder in which your airways become inflamed. It occurs in children and adults.

What does Asthma feel like?

You will experience coughing, tightening in chest, whistling sound in the chest etc when exposed to dust. Consult the Best Pulmonologist in Bangalore to know more about Asthma signs and symptoms.

How does someone develop asthma?

One may develop Asthma due to genetics, environmental factors, respiratory infections, air pollutants etc.

What is the relation between Allergies and Asthma?

Yes, 60-70% of patients present with sneezing, itching, nasal stuffiness etc are associated with allergies and asthma.

What are symptoms of asthma?

Asthma can present with episodic cough, wheeze, and chest tightness. It can be associated with nasal allergy symptoms such as running nose, sneezing episodes.

Can Asthma be life threatening?

Yes. Especially if asthma is not well controlled, it can be life threatening. Patients with certain types of asthma may develop severe symptoms in a short duration of time. We need to be extra cautious with such patients.

How to prevent serious asthma attacks?

Use your inhalers regularly as per your prescription Avoid triggering factors like exposure to dust, pollen etc. Discuss with your pulmonologist about Asthma action plan Don`t miss your annual FLU vaccination Do regular exercise, yoga and meditation Take seasonal fruits, avoid junk food

What are the early signs of lung disease?

Unproportionate breathlessness i.e. difficulty breathing even for routine daily activities.

Cough not responding to homemade therapies/ OTC drugs.

Hoarseness of voice.

Early Morning bringing out more quantity of expectoration/phlegm/sputum.

How do I know if I have damaged my lungs?

Lung damage can be assessed Screening by PFT/spirometry (lung function) and HRCT CHEST.

What are the factors that cause Asthma?

The factors that cause Asthma are Genetic, environmental factors and triggers like smoke, pollen, air pollution, respiratory infections and dust etc. Intrinsic factors like emotional outburst and anxiety

How common is Asthma?

In India alone, the 17-18 million population is suffering from Asthma. Across the globe, around 300 million people are suffering from Asthma.

How is Asthma diagnosed?

Generally, the doctor will conduct a detailed medical history and physical examination of the patient to determine the symptoms. Inhaler medications will be recommended to improve lungs condition.

Lung function test or spirometry, Blood test, is done for diagnosis of Bronchial Asthma and its allergy components.

Can people with Asthma do exercise?

Yes. Exercise is a very important part of health for a patient with Bronchial Asthma. Losing weight can be beneficial.

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I have Asthma. Do I need to use tablets or inhalers?

Depending on severity and level of control of Asthma, various medications will be prescribed including tablets, inhalers and nebulizations.

Are inhalers addictive?

No. Inhalers are safe to use in children and adults with Asthma. They control Asthma and prevent serious Asthma attacks so that they can lead a normal healthy life.

When should I see a pulmonary specialist?

Chronic cough for more than 2 weeks or frequent episodes of cough for months/years.

Allergy not under control i.e. frequent requirement of syrup or oral medications and little change in the environment causing trouble.

Presence of Blood in the sputum (phlegm).

Unexplained weight loss associated with cough.

Overweight/obese with excessive daytime sleepiness/irritations.

Localized Chest pain increasing with deep breathing.

Difficulty in breathing (Breathlessness) on exertion or on routine activities.

Unexplained fever (fever of unknown origin).

History of smoking.

To rule out occupational lung disease.

A child having respiratory problems, not responding to routine symptomatic treatment.

Screening at-risk individuals (employee working in industries).

Contact history with tuberculosis patient in the household (contact) to rule outspread of the disease.

How does lung cancer feel?

There are no specific symptoms and signs suggestive of lung cancer it may be asymptomatic (no symptoms) to severely decreased lung functions or symptoms (breathlessness/hemoptysis/chest pain/weight loss).

Does lung cancer spread quickly?

Depends upon the type of tumor and most of them will present at an advanced stage. To detect early cancer screening essentially, especially for high-risk persons (smokers/ exposure of occupational hazards/family history of cancer).

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