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A sub-speciality of internal medicine that deals with the diseases of the respiratory tract and its treatment, is pulmonology. It is also referred to as chest medicine or respiratory medicine. The three main parts of the respiratory system are airways, lungs and respiratory muscles. These parts include the mouth, nose, larynx, pharynx, bronchi, alveoli and trachea. Of the several group of respiratory muscles, diaphragm is the most important muscle used in respiration. Pulmonologists encounter various lung disorders starting from allergies to asthma, tuberculosis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders and snoring which could be structural, infectious, inflammatory, hereditary, neoplastic or autoimmune in nature. Pulmonologists use procedures like spirometry, bronchoscopy, CT scans, chest x-ray, blood work and sleep studies to diagnose respiratory disorders. Once the diagnosis is made, a treatment plan is created involving medication, therapies, rehabilitation and in some cases surgery. Lung diseases are debilitating and require long-term care. Hence pulmonologists have to create treatment plans that are comprehensive and suits patient needs. Narayana Health has some of the top pulmonologists in Bangalore. The dedicated team of pulmonologists work in close relation with bariatric surgeons and ENT specialists as in certain instances, the disorders can extend to other organs of the body.
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