Pulmonary medicine addresses lung conditions, including tumors, interstitial disorders and occupational disease. Some of the common illnesses treated by our pulmonary medicine physicians include:
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 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, in some cases, surgery.
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