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Pulmonology is the medical field that focuses on the diseases that involve the respiratory system. The organs that help us breath form the respiratory system, which includes the airway, lungs, and respiratory muscles. The doctor who treats the infectious, structural, inflammatory, neoplastic (cancer), and autoimmune diseases of the respiratory system is known as a pulmonologist.
Your general physician might refer you to a pulmonologist if you have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing, blood in cough, unexplained weight loss, shortness of breath, etc. The common conditions that a pulmonologist treat are asthma, bronchitis (inflammation of the airway), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, bronchiectasis, obstructive sleep apnea, and occupational lung disease.
When you first visit a pulmonologist or opt for an online consultation, depending on your symptoms, he/she might ask you to perform a few tests. These tests include an ultrasound of the chest, chest fluoroscopy, pulse oximetry, thoracentesis, bronchoscopy, and pleural biopsy. Depending on the test results, the doctor will know the cause of your symptoms and treat you accordingly.
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