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Pulmonology and Pulmonologist - Must Know Facts

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If you are wondering what is Pulmonology and who is a Pulmonologist, then in this article, we bring you all the answers. Here you will also find pulmonology types, treatments and how pulmonary disease during pregnancy can be treated.

What is Pulmonology?

Pulmonology is a specialization in medical science which studies and treat problems in the respiratory organs in human body. For your information, respiratory system in a human body consists of Nose and Nasal cavity, Mouth, Pharynx, Larynx, Trachea, Bronchi and Bronchioles, Lungs and Intercostal muscles.  The word Pulmonology is a mix of Greek and Spanish origin where 'pulmo' means lung and 'logia' means study. Pulmonology is known as Pneumology, Respirology and Respiratory Medicine, Chest Medicine etc. simultaneously. Due to the sensitive nature of cases, Pulmonology falls under intensive care medicine.

Who is a Pulmonologist?

The person who is specialized in Pulmonology to diagnose and treat respiratory area problems is known as Pulmonologist. Generally, Pulmonologists are trained to treat respiratory diseases and disorders such as

1- Respiratory infections such as Tonsilitis, Pharyngitis, Sinusitis, Otitis medica, Influenza, Nasal Congestion etc.

2- Structural respiratory disorders- Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, Bronchitis etc.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

3- Inflammatory problems in respiratory tract- Pulmonary Fibrosis, Bronchial Tube Infection, Lung Hyperinflation etc.

4- Neoplasia of respiratory system- Abnormal growth of tissues in lungs in the form of tumor.

5- Other than that, cardiovascular issues are also covered by Pulmonologists along with pulmonary vascular disease (problem in the blood vessels that run between heart and lungs), which may affect the entire body along with the respiratory areas.

How to become a Pulmonologist?

Pulmonology is a degree in internal medicine. Once a person completes his/her graduation from a recognized medical school, he/she can opt for Pulmonology after clearing Internal Medicine Board Certificate Examination. Certificate in Pulmonary medicine is provided after 3 years of extensive training. Within this 3 years, 18 months is invested in clinical training, other 12 months are for critical care training and 6 months of practical work training is provided to treat critically ill medical patients.

Pulmonology Treatments- Tests & Procedures

There are various types of pulmonology procedures and test on the basis of pulmonology treatments as discussed below-

1- Bronchoscopy- Pulmonology procedure performed with a Bronchoscope to examine the airways in lungs.

2- Chest Fluoroscopy- It is an imaging test to examine how well your lungs are working.

3- Chest Ultrasound- It is an imaging with sound waves to examine the organ structures in the chest in order to see if your lungs and heart is working fine.

4- Chest X-Ray- Imaging test to examine the wellness of chest organs through X-Ray.
Chest X-ray

5- Computed Tomography Scan of Chest- Imaging test through X-Ray and computer technology to produce a detail image of the chest area.

6- Lobectomy- Surgery to remove lobes of the lungs.

7- Lung Biopsy- Surgical procedure to remove a tissue from lung to examine lung situation or any particular disease.

8- Lung Transplant- Surgery done to remove a damaged lung and replace it with healthy lung from a donor.

9- Mediastinoscopy- Procedure to examine mediastinum (space behind breastbone).

10- Pulse Oximetry- Pulmonology test to measure how oxygen saturation is happening in the important organs of your body including heart.

11- Peak Flow Measurement- Test to measure airflow out of the lungs.

12- Pleural Biopsy- Surgery to remove tissue from pleura (membrane surrounding the lungs)

13- Pulmonary Function Tests- A non-invasive test to see how the lungs are functioning.

14- Sinus X-Ray- Imaging test using X-Ray to examine your sinuses (air-filled cavities near the nasal passage).

15- Thoracentesis- Procedure to remove air fluid from or around the lungs.

Pulmonary Disease in Pregnancy

During a normal course of pregnancy, the respiratory system of the pregnant woman goes through a number of anatomic and physiological changes. These changes often lead to acute pulmonary diseases such as

  • Pulmonary Edema- Accumulation of fluid in the tissue and air pockets of the lungs.
  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism- It is a rare childbirth emergency. Here the amniotic fluid gets mixed with the bloodstream of the mother and results into cardiorespiratory collapse and massive bleeding.
  • Thromboembolic Disease- Disorder of blood clot formation in blood vessels, which causes respiratory issues.
  • Asthma- Asthma is an inflammatory disease in the airway of the lungs.
  • Sarcoidosis- Inflammatory disease which affects multiple organs in the body mostly lungs and lymph glands.

In case you are facing any of the above conditions during pregnancy then please make sure to get in touch with a good Pulmonologist to avoid the risks.

Hope this article has been able to resolve your queries on Pulmonology and Pulmonologist. Follow Elawoman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

Dr. Aanchal Agarwal

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Obstetrician Dr. Aanchal Agarwal

Dr. Aanchal Agarwal is an infertility specialist and gynecologist who has graduated MBBS from University of Delhi in 2001 and then pursued DGO from University of Delhi in 2004. Dr. Aanchal specializes in treating patients with IVF, IUI, High-risk pregnancy care and Normal vaginal delivery procedures. Dr. Aanchal Agarwal is at present practicing at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Pusa Road, Delhi. You can find more information on




    Priyank Sharma

    I will have Chest Fluoroscopy test to check the functioning of my lungs. Pollution levels have increased at an alarming stage. So, one should get such types of tests from time to time.

    Oct. 2, 2018, 1:20 p.m. 5.0



    Smokers have around 50% chances to be caught with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). So, it is better to quit smoking! Indeed, an interesting blog!

    April 13, 2018, 1:37 p.m. 4.5


    Shivangi Shah

    During pregnancy, women need to be alert and take proper care of themselves, so that they do not suffer from any kind of breathing problems.

    Feb. 19, 2018, 9:42 p.m. 4.5


    Kapil Kumar

    I have heard that Narayana Medical Centre, Bangalore and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Jammu are the best hospitals where pulmonology treatments are done in the most effective and successful manner.

    Oct. 27, 2017, 2:50 p.m. 4.5


    Tamanna Singh

    Pulmonary diseases in pregnancy includes cardiovascular changes like increased heart rate and increased stroke volume. One should be very careful with their smell and breathe sensitivities as any kind of infection is not good for pregnancy at any stage.

    Oct. 27, 2017, 2:50 p.m. 5.0

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